Event: RSC’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Location: Aldwych Theatre, WC2
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of the Hilary Mantel Tudor novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are transferring from the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon to London over the summer.
Based on the Booker-winning novels, the two plays tell the story of Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith and brewer’s son, who rose through the ranks to become Henry’s most powerful courtier.
Told through Cromwell’s eyes, the story centres around Henry’s obsession with his mistress Anne Boleyn. The up-and-coming Cromwell plays a major role in engineering Henry’s divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order that he might marry Anne, whilst exploiting Henry’s desires in order to further the cause of the English Reformation that he supports.
The story has been adapted for stage by Mike Poulton, an experienced hand at adaptation, from Chekhov to Strindberg, Dickens to Chaucer. It stars Ben Miles as Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker as Henry.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are on at the Aldwych Theatre just off The Strand from 1st May to 6th September 2014.