The RSC’s stage adaptation of The Mirror and the Light – Hilary Mantel’s final novel in her award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy – will open at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre in September.
The acclaimed book has been adapated for the stage by Mantel and Ben Miles, with Miles set to repriese his role as Thomas Cromwell. Also returning to the trilogy will be Nathaniel Parker, who resumes his Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award nominated role as Henry VIII.
Director Jeremy Herrin returns to direct the fast paced final installment with a creative team that includes Christopher Oram (set & costume), who won both Olivier and Tony Awards for his work on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and Stephen Warbeck (music).
Mantel’s trilogy charts the riveting rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the ruthless court of Henry VIII. The Mirror and the Light is co-produced by Playful Productions and the RSC.
Gregory Doran, RSC artistic director said: “Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies were welcomed with extraordinary enthusiasm and excitement back in 2014 and audiences have waited patiently to see the third and final part. It’s a much anticipated theatrical climax to an epic and ambitious work, and we can’t wait to open and share it with audiences in the West End this year.”
Matthew Byam Shaw, Producer for Playful Productions, said: “I am delighted that we are able to bring this brilliant visceral play to the stage this autumn. Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles have created a taut and fast-paced final instalment to this epic trilogy. It is wonderful that Jeremy Herrin and Christopher Oram will once again bring the work to life, reuniting with Ben and Nathaniel Parker as Cromwell and Henry VIII. It feels especially good to be presenting this play now as the country re-emerges from a very difficult year. We hope that it brings a palpable feeling of excitement to theatre audiences once again.”
The Mirror and the Light will run from 23 September 2021 until 28 November 2021 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.