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 ofHilary 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.
The Mirror and the Light will run from 23 September 2021 until 28 November 2021 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.