Wolf Hall at Aldwych Theatre tickets
Wolf Hall at Aldwych Theatre tickets

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Overview

Hugely acclaimed productions Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies transfer to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre for a limited season, playing in rep with each other. Enjoying an acclaimed, sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, these electrifying historical plays now make their way into London. Based on Hilary Mantel’s enormously popular novels, with a third currently in the making, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are the thrilling insight into Henry VIII’s turbulent reign.

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 for

Fans 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+

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours including a 20 minute interval
Opened: 01 May 2014
Press night: 17 May 2014
Booking from: 03 Sep 2014
Booking until: 04 Oct 2014

Location and map

Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF

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