Reuniting the creative team who collaborated on 2014’s six-hour double bill, the production is in the capable hands of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Mantel herself, with Jeremy Herrin (People, Places & Things) directing and Christopher Oram (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) in charge of design.
The lag between the productions was, of course, to allow time for the Booker Prize-winning author to write The Mirror and The Light, which was finally published in 2020 – a whole eight years after Bring Up the Bodies first hit the shelves.
Mirroring the narrative of the book, the play charts the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, focusing on the last four years of his life from 1536 through to his execution in 1540. Anne Boleyn has just met a similar fate, and pressure is mounting for Jane Seymour to deliver King Henry VIII a healthy heir.
A TV adaptation of The Mirror and the Light is also in the works.
The Mirror and the Light opens at the West End’s Geilgud Theatre in September 2021. Tickets are now on sale. Click here to book.
|What||Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, Geilgud Theatre|
|Where||Gielgud Theatre, 35 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
23 Sep 21 – 28 Nov 21, Performances at 7:30pm with additional 2:30pm matinees
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|