Bring Up The Bodies


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Hilary Mantel is the first author to win two Man Booker Prizes with consecutive novels. They are now adapted for the stage in two parts by Mike Poulton

Bring Up The Bodies is the second part of Mantel’s Cromwell series and its events follow on directly from Wolf Hall.

Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry’s side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position.

When the King begins to fall in love with the seemingly plain 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.

Mike Poulton’s thrilling stage adaptations, directed by Jeremy Herrin opened to rave reviews in Statford-upon-Avon.

Cast

Joey Batey – Mark Smeaton
Nicholas Boulton – Duke of Suffolk
Lucy Briers – Katherine of Aragon/Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford
Leah Brotherhead – Jane Seymour/Princess Mary/Lady Worcester
Olivia Darnley – Mary Boleyn/Lizzie/Mary Shelton
Nicholas Day – Duke of Norfolk
Daniel Fraser – Gregory Cromwell
Benedict Hastings – Wolsey’s Servant/Monmouth
Madeleine Hyland – Lady in Waiting/Maid
Joshua James – Rafe Sadler
Paul Jesson – Cardinal Wolsey/Cardinal Wolsey’s ghost/Sir John Seymour/Kingston
Lydia Leonard – Anne Boleyn
Ben Miles – Thomas Cromwell
Pierro Niel Mee – Christophe/Francis Weston
Nathaniel Parker – King Henry VIII
Oscar Pearce – George Boleyn, Lord Rochford/Edward Seymour
Matthew Pidgeon – Stephen Gardiner/Eustache Chapuys
John Ramm – Thomas More/Harry Norris
Nicholas Shaw – Harry Percy/Brereton
Giles Taylor – Cranmer/Thomas Boleyn/Packington
Jay Taylor – Thomas Wyatt

Creative Team

Director – Jeremy Herrin
Designer – Christopher Oram
Season Lighting – Paule Constable
Lighting – David Plater
Music – Stephen Warbeck
Sound – Nick Powell
Movement – Siân Williams

Press Reviews

“Historical Drama of the highest calibre”
Daily Express

“Splendidly entertaining and at times deeply touching”
Daily Telegraph

“Breathtaking…Exhilarating experience”
The Guardian

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