Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (LONDON) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 11, 2013
    Closing:
    March 29, 2014

    Theater: Swan Theatre / 21 New Globe Walk, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9DT

    Synopsis: 

    A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies plays in two parts this season in London's Swan Theatre.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (LONDON)

    A Tudor Soap Opera Fills a Stage: Royal Shakespeare Company Adapts 2 Hilary Mantel Novels

    Ben Brantley

    January 22, 2014: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England — Thomas Cromwell, the guileful right hand to King Henry VIII, was said to be fluent in many tongues and adept at double talk in all of them. But I imagine even he would be impressed by the act of translation that is taking place in his name at the Swan Theater here. Hilary Mantel’s best-selling shadow-steeped and highly nuanced novels about Cromwell, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, 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. You might say that Ms. Mantel’s books, which seem to take place within a shroud of fog and darkness, have been brought into the open daylight.

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