The stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning and best-selling novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies are set to transfer to London’s West End. Penned by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the critically acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company productions will play in repertory May 1 through September 6 at London's Aldwych Theatre. Opening day perfomances are scheduled for May 17.
The plays chronicle the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith's boy to Henry VIII's right-hand-man and are currently running at the Swan Theatre through March 29. Many of the RSC company will transfer to the West End including Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey and Lucy Briers as Katherine of Aragon.
Poulton’s RSC credits include The Canterbury Tales Parts I and II, St Erkenwald and Gregory Doran’s Morte d’Arthur.
Both shows are designed by Christopher Oram. The lighting for Wolf Hall is designed by Paule Constable and Bring Up The Bodies by David Plater. Sound design is by Nick Powell, movement is by Siân Williams and music is composed by Stephen Warbeck.