World premiere of ‘The Mirror and the Light’ will begin performances at London’s Gielgud Theatre on 23rd September 2021!

Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company have announced that the third and final novel in the Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, has been adapted for the West End stage.

The world premiere will run at the Gielgud Theatre from Thursday 23rd September 2021 for a strictly limited season until Sunday 28th November 2021.

The play will be the concluding chapter of Dame Hilary Mantel‘s multi award-winning novels about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, all commissioned and developed for the stage by Playful Productions.

The Mirror and the Light has been adapted for stage by Mantel herself alongside Ben Miles, who will return to his role as Cromwell to complete the trilogy. Nathaniel Parker will also reprise his Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award nominated role as Henry VIII.

Jeremy Herrin, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for the first two productions, returns to direct.


Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell in Bring up the Bodies. Photo by Keith Pattison. Royal Shakespeare Company production of
BRING UP THE BODIES, adapted from the book by Hilary Mantel by Mike Poulton, directed by Jeremy Herrin

The trilogy charts the riveting rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the ruthless court of Henry VIII.

England, 1536. Anne Boleyn’s fate has been sealed by the executioner. Jane Seymour must deliver King Henry a healthy heir. And to the disgust of Henry’s nobles, Thomas Cromwell continues his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside his master. But with the threat of invasion and the King’s legacy tottering, Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.

The further you climb, the harder you fall.


Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall. Photo by Keith Pattison

The Mirror and the Light production will feature scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram who won both Olivier and Tony Awards for his work on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies and music by Stephen Warbeck.

Opening the show is subject to the government allowing indoor performances to begin by then with sufficient notice, understanding what restrictions on social distancing and audience number caps are imposed, the public health status, and the availability of insurance cover either from the market or more likely from a government indemnity scheme.

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