Adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton, Wolf Hall is the first part of the historical saga, with Bring Up the Bodies to be seen in succession. Wolf Hall begins in 1527 and documents King Henry VIII’s demand for divorce when Queen Katherine of Aragon is unable to grant him an heir. Intent on ending their marriage, Henry asks Cardinal Wolsey to persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment, but to no avail. Soon, commoner Thomas Cromwell enters the court. A master politician, Cromwell vies to grant Henry his wishes, if only to pursue his own ruthless agenda.
Ben Miles (Larkrise to Candleford) stars as Thomas Cromwell, alongside screen star Nathaniel Parker (Merlin) as Henry VIII and Lucy Briers (BBC’s Pride and Prejudice) as Katherine of Aragon. Further cast members include Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn. Wolf Hall is adapted by Mike Poulton, whose previous adaptations for the stage including the acclaimed Don Carlos.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House, Much Ado about Nothing), Wolf Hall features design by Christopher Oram and lighting design by David Plater, with original music by Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck. Adapted from Hilary Mantel’s successful novel, the acclaimed stage play Wolf Hall plays a strictly limited season at London’s Aldwych Theatre until October 2014. A thrilling insight into the well-documented Tudor monarchy, Wolf Hall promises to be fiercely entertaining.
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 Wolf Hall is not aimed at children, due to strong adult themes.
Age Recommendations: Recommended for 12+