A bit of a switcheroo has been going on at Wolf Hall: Parts One and Two. Broadway alum Peter Eyre (Hamlet) has now officially taken over as Cardinal Wolsey after Paul Jesson departed the production for personal reasons. The stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning and best-selling novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies are playing a limited engagement through July 5. Penned by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the Royal Shakespeare Company productions are playing in repertory.
Reprising their performances from the London production are Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn. The plays had their RSC premiere at Stratford 's Swan Theatre before transferring to the West End's Aldwych Theatre. They chronicle the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith's boy to Henry VIII's right-hand-man.
Wolf Hall received the most Tony nominations of any play, eight, including a nod for Best Play, but only garnered one win, for Best Costume Design for Christopher Oram. Tony winner Mark Rylance and Broadway alum Damian Lewis were recently seen on PBS in the television adaptation of the books.
School of Rock will begin performances at the Winter Garden on November 9.