The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall
9 Mar 2014RSC productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies transferring to West End
To say Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel are bestsellers is a bit of an understatement, they have sold over 3 million copies in the UK and US. Dramatised for the Royal Shakespeare Company by Mike Poulton, they will be expecting to enjoy similar success when they transfer to the West End this year.
The books chart the rise of Thomas Cromwell who, from humble beginnings as the son of a blacksmith and cloth merchant in Putney, went on to become the 1st Earl of Essex: lawyer, powerful statesmen, chief minister to Henry VIII and an important figure in the English Reformation; only to fall from grace and be executed for treason and heresy. It seems the more powerful you become, the more powerful enemies you make.
Directed by Olivier Award winner Jeremy Herrin and starring Ben Miles as Cromwell and Nathanial Parker as Henry VIII, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Olivier Award winner Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey, and Lucy Briers as Katherine of Aragon, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will appear at the Aldwych Theatre from 1st May to 6th September.