'Wolf Hall' begins in England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost twenty years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment - but progress is slow and the King's anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father Thomas Cromwell, who sets out to grant the King his desire, whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda. In 'Bring Up the Bodies', Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry's side cleared by Cromwell. When the King begins to fall in love with Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions. Hilary Mantel is the first author to win two Man Booker Prizes with consecutive novels. Adapted by Mike Poulton, they were premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in December 2013, directed by Jeremy Herrin.
About the Author
Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books , including 'A Place of Greater Safety', 'Beyond Black', and the memoir 'Giving Up the Ghost'. Her two most recent novels, 'Wolf Hall' and its sequel 'Bring Up the Bodies', have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize - an unprecedented achievement.
'One hesitates to use the phrase "a marriage made in heaven" in the vicinity of Henry VIII but that would be a fair way of describing this brilliant union between the RSC and Hilary Mantel ... Such is the dramatic skill of the adaptation by Mike Poulton (with whom Mantel has worked closely) ... that, if the final instalment of the trilogy had been completed and turned into a play, I would gladly have stayed up all night.' Paul Taylor, Independent 'A triumph ... gripping yet darkly funny ... a rollicking yarn that gives an eye-level idea of life at the Tudor court ... a bold, unforgettable lesson in history and politics.' The Times 'Mike Poulton has done an outstanding job ... a gripping piece of narrative theatre ... characters have a three-dimensional richness ... This is history made manifest ... These plays are about class, passion, conscience, religious freedom and the danger of living in a society where power goes unchecked ... they show that novels can sometimes be made into very good plays.' Michael Billington, Guardian 'The mother of all costume dramas: a six-hour Tudor epic ... a groaning banquet of political shenanigans and deadly intrigue ... Poulton pulls off a remarkable act.' Daily Mail 'Dark and gripping ... splendidly entertaining and at times deeply touching.' Telegraph 'Event theatre of the highest brow ... nail-bitingly tense ... Historical drama of the highest calibre.' Daily Express 'Poulton's adaptation ... triumphantly compresses almost 1,100 dense but deliciously written pages into nearly six hours of enthralling traffic on the stage.' Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday 'Poulton's script brings the intrigues and political machinations to the stage with clarity, wit and plenty of very welcome humour ... Poulton, Herrin and Hilary Mantel have produced something quite special here. It is an intelligent, fresh and dramatic retelling of a very familiar period of history ... the writing is first class - a real gem of a script for audience and actors alike.' whatsonstage.com
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st January 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.3