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World premiere production!
Hilary Mantel's award-winning trilogy may have come to an end on the page, but fear ye not, The Mirror and the Light, the final novel is to be translated to the stage this winter, courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company. With Ben Miles reprising his role as machiavellian Chief Minister to Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, (and also co-adapting alongside Mantel), and Nathaniel Parker back as the ultimate Tudor monarch, The Mirror and the Light is sure to repeat the same positive impact of the Wolf Hall and Bringing Up The Bodies stage adaptations, as THE play of the season.
If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?
Anne Boylen is set to be executed and the self-made Chief Minister to Henry VIII is on borrowed time. Spanning the years 1536 - 1540, The Mirror and the Light casts Cromwell as both statesman and family man, reflecting on his years as one of Britain's most influential (and feared) politicians. With his own reckoning on the horizon, Mantel fills in his final days, deftly rounding out the intriguing rise and fall of this fascinating historical figure.
Directed by Jeremey Herrin, The Mirror and the Light follows both Wolf Hall and Bringing Up The Bodies and is likely to match both productions for audience, critical and awards success.
Previews from: 23 September 2021
Opening night: 6 October 2021
Approximately two hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Audio-Described performance: Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 7.30pm.
Captioned Performance: Thursday 11 November 2021 at 7.30pm
Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell
Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII
Adapted by Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram
Music by Stephen Warbec
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