The Royal Shakespeare Company is bringing its interpretation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies to Broadway. Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 will begin previews March 20, 2015, and open April 9, 2015.
Mantel’s novels about Thomas Cromwell and the court of Henry VIII, both of which won the Man Booker Prize,were adapted by Mike Poulton. The plays, which transferred from the RSC’s theater in Stratford-Upon-Avon to the West End, were critically acclaimed. “Hilary Mantel’s best-selling shadow-steeped and highly nuanced novels about Cromwell…have been reincarnated by the Royal Shakespeare Company into a bright, bustling political soap opera that condenses more than a thousand pages of fiction into two plays and a brisk six hours of stage time,” Ben Brantley wrote in the New York Times. Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, and Nathaniel Parker will reprise their roles as Cromwell, Anne Boleyn, and Henry, respectively. Per a press release, audiences can see both parts on one day, with a two-and-a-half-hour dinner break, or on separate days.
And if you’re looking for even more Wolf Hall, Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance are starring in a Wolf Hall miniseries for Masterpiece.