The Mirror and the Light, London Show

The Mirror and the Light tickets at the Gielgud Theatre, London

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The thrilling conclusion of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall Trilogy

The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were hailed as landmark and must-see theatrical events. Now Playful Productions and the RSC bring The Mirror and the Light, the highly anticipated final chapter of Hilary Mantel’s WOLF HALL TRILOGY, to London’s West End.

Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles join forces to adapt the exhilarating and fast-paced conclusion of this thrilling story for the London stage, with Ben Miles reprising his “astonishing performance” (Daily Telegraph) as the legendary Thomas Cromwell.

The Mirror and the Light tickets are available to book until 28 November 2022 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.

What is The Mirror and The Light about?

If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?

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.

Who is inThe Mirror and The Light cast?

The cast of The Mirror and The Light is led by Ben Miles as Oliver Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, both reprising their roles from the two previous productions.

The cast also features Nicholas Boulton (Duke of Suffolk), Matt Pidgeon (Stephen Gardiner), Giles Taylor (Archbishop Cranmer), Rosanna Adams (Anna of Cleves), Paul Adeyefa (Christophe), Aurora Burghart (Elizabeth Seymour), Terique Jarrett (Gregory Cromwell), Jordan Kouamé (Rafe Sadler), Geoffrey Lumb (Thomas Wriothesley), Olivia Marcus (Jane Seymour) Tony Turner  (Kingston), Leo Wan (Richard Riche), Nicholas Woodeson (Duke of Norfolk), Melissa Allan (Princess Mary), Samuel Awoyo (Ensemble), Ian Drysdale (French Ambassador), Jo Herbert (Lady Rochford), Andrew Hodges (Ensemble), Niamh James (Ensemble), Umi Myers (Helen Sadler / Dorothea Wolsey), Liam Smith (Walter Cromwell) and Nicholas Tizzard (Ensemble).

Creative team

Based on the book by Hilary Mantel. Adapted for the stage by Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles with direction from Jeremy Herrin. Set and costume by Christopher Oram and music by Stephen Warbeck.


Reviews of The Mirror and the Light

★★★★ "‘Magnificent ... A supremely well dramatized concluding volume of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning trilogy" - Independent
★★★★ "Powerfully makes the case for an outing to the West End" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "Thrilling stage finale to Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ trilogy" - Time Out
★★★★ "A last Tudor tour de force" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "Hilary Mantel completes a magnificent theatrical hat-trick" - Evening Standard
★★★★  Average review score

Show Information

Running time
2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 28 November 2021

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Important Notes

Please note: Strobe lighting and haze will be used in this performance.


Venue Information

Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 38
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Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker in Bring Up the Bodies. Photograph: Tristram Kenton ">
Final casting announced for Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror and the Light’ at the Gielgud
Final casting has been announced for the RSC's stage adaptation of The Mirror and the Light - Hilary Mantel's final novel in her award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy - opening at the Gielgud Theatre in London this September. Already announced are Ben Miles (Cromwell), Nathaniel Parker (Henry VIII), Nicholas Boulton (Duke of Suffolk), Matt Pidgeon (Stephen Gardiner) and Giles Taylor (Archbishop Cranmer), who return to the roles they played in the first two instalments of Hilary Mantel's trilogy, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Previously announced actors boarding the production for the first time include Rosanna Adams (Anna of Cleves), Paul Adeyefa (Christophe), Aurora Burghart (Elizabeth Seymour), Terique Jarrett (Gregory Cromwell), Jordan Kouamé (Rafe Sadler), Geoffrey Lumb (Thomas Wriothesley), Olivia Marcus (Jane Seymour) Tony Turner (Kingston), Leo Wan (Richard Riche) and Nicholas Woodeson (Duke of Norfolk). Final casting for the production includes Melissa Allan (Princess Mary), Samuel Awoyo (Ensemble), Ian Drysdale (French Ambassador), Jo Herbert (Lady Rochford), Andrew Hodges (Ensemble), Niamh James (Ensemble), Umi Myers (Helen Sadler / Dorothea Wolsey), Liam Smith (Walter Cromwell) and Nicholas Tizzard (Ensemble). Several members of the company will make their West End debuts, three of which are also making their professional debuts: Melissa Allan, Olivia Marcus, Umi Myers, Niamh James – with professional debuts for Rosanna Adams, Jordan Kouame and Samuel Awoyo. Director Jeremy Herrin returns to direct the final instalment, with a creative team that includes Christopher Oram for scenic and costume design, who won both Olivier and Tony Awards for his work on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and Stephen Warbeck for music. Mantel's trilogy charts the 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. You can watch the trailer, which is released today. https://youtu.be/flfNzcXsoQg Tickets now on sale for The Mirror and the Light. The Mirror and the Light will run from 23 September 2021 until 28 November 2021 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.
Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker in Bring Up the Bodies. Photograph: Tristram Kenton ">
Cast announced to join Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker in Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror and the Light’ at the Gielgud
The RSC's stage adaptation of The Mirror and the Light - Hilary Mantel's final novel in her award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy - has announced further casting ahead of its September opening at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Already announced are Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker, who both return to the roles they played in the previous two adaptations of Hilary Mantel's trilogy, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Ben Miles returns as Thomas Cromwell, and has also co-adapted Mantel's book for the stage, alongside the author herself. Nathaniel Parker is also resuming his Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award nominated role to play Henry VIII. Also coming back to their original roles are Nicholas Boulton as the Duke of Suffolk, Matt Pidgeon as Stephen Gardiner and Giles Taylor as Archbishop Cranmer. Actors signing on the production for the first time include Rosanna Adams (Anna of Cleves), Paul Adeyefa (Christophe), Aurora Burghart (Elizabeth Seymour), Terique Jarrett (Gregory Cromwell), Jordan Kouamé (Rafe Sadler), Geoffrey Lumb (Thomas Wriothesley), Olivia Marcus (Jane Seymour) Tony Turner (Kingston), Leo Wan (Richard Riche) and Nicholas Woodeson (Duke of Norfolk). Rosanna Adams, Aurora Burghart and Jordan Kouamé are making their professional debuts. Final full castings is to be announced soon. Director Jeremy Herrin returns to direct the final instalment, with a creative team that includes Christopher Oram for scenic and costume design, who won both Olivier and Tony Awards for his work on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and Stephen Warbeck for music. Mantel's trilogy charts the 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. Mantel recently received the prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for The Mirror and the Light, which she also won for Wolf Hall in 2010. Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009, and Bring Up the Bodies won in 2012, making Mantel the first woman ever to have received the award twice. Bring Up the Bodies also won the Costa Novel Award, the first time the same novel has won both this and the Man Booker. Tickets now on sale for The Mirror and the Light. The Mirror and the Light will run from 23 September 2021 until 28 November 2021 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.
Actor Ben Miles and writer Hilary Mantel ">
Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror and the Light’ to premiere in London this autumn
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). Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall photo by Keith_Pattison 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." Tickets now on sale for The Mirror and the Light. The Mirror and the Light will run from 23 September 2021 until 28 November 2021 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.

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