Wolf Hall

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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

Wolf Hall is the first part of Mantel’s Cromwell series and its events precede the action of Bring Up The Bodies.

England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost 20 years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment. With every month that passes without progress the King’s anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell.

A one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father, he sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda.

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


Ben Miles – Sir Thomas Cromwell
Nathaniel Parker – Henry VIIILydia Leonard – Anne Boleyn
Paul Jesson – Cardinal Wolsey
Lucy Briers – Katherine Of Aragon


Written by Hilary Mantel
Directed by Jeremy Herrin

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