Adapted for the stage in two parts by Mike Poulton, Bring Up the Bodies is the second part of the historical saga, following on directly from Wolf Hall. In Bring Up the Bodies, Anne Boleyn has successfully become Queen, her previously obstructed path to Henry VIII now cleared by Cromwell. But Henry continues to remain without a male heir, and the building conflict with the Catholic Church has left England isolated, as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously plan their positions. Soon, Anne’s own position is jeopardised, as Henry begins to fall for plain Jane Seymour, and Cromwell is forced to negotiate an increasingly dangerous and resentful court to keep himself, and the nation, safe.
Ben Miles (Larkrise to Candleford) plays Thomas Cromwell, alongside Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn and stage and screen star Nathaniel Parker (Merlin) as Henry VIII. Further cast members include Lucy Briers (BBC’s Pride and Prejudice) as Katherine of Aragon, Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey. Bring Up the Bodies is adapted by Mike Poulton, whose previous acclaimed adaptations include Don Carlos.
Bring Up the Bodies is directed by the acclaimed Jeremy Herrin (This House, Much Ado About Nothing), with design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by David Plater and music by Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck. Originally a novel by Hilary Mantel, the book won Costa Book of the Year and the 2012 Man Booker prize. An acclaimed stage adaptation of the well-documented Tudor times, Bring Up the Bodies is the thrilling second part to Wolf Hall, playing a strictly limited season at the Aldwych Theatre until October 2014.
Recommended forFans of historical dramas such as the BBC’s The Tudors will enjoy this riveting production. Those who have read the book will find an apt translation to the stage that does not miss out anything important! Please note that Bring Up the Bodies is not aimed at children, due to strong adult themes.
Age Recommendations: Recommended for 12+