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Wolf Hall fans rejoice! The Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s best-selling historical novel, comes to Broadway’s Winter Garden Theater in April 2015. Imported along with the production will be director Jeremy Herrin (making his Broadway debut) and several members of the critically acclaimed London cast, including Ben Miles as Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII.

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Thomas Cromwell (via Wikimedia Commons)

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2, is adapted from the first volume of Mantel’s trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and the court of Henry VIII, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. Its sequel, Bringing up the Bodies, won in 2012. The final installment, The Mirror and the Light, is expected to be published in 2015. The stage version of Mantel’s dense, 600-page novel forms a double bill—over five-and-a-half hours of stage time—which can been seen on the same day with a break for dinner or on different days.

I’m not terribly concerned with theory, but I’m an accumulator of more and more facts because I feel I’ve cut my own path as a novelist through them without a historian telling me, ‘this is the line you take’.–Hilary Mantel, interviewed by Rosario Arias in Atlantis

Read more of Rosario Arias’ interview with Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel in the JSTOR archives. How corrupt was Thomas Cromwell? Read Geoffrey Elton’s essay in the archives.


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Atlantis, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Diciembre 1998), pp. 277-289
AEDEAN: Asociación española de estudios anglo-americanos
The Historical Journal, (Dec., 1993), pp. 905-908
Cambridge University Press