'Wolf Hall' Bound for Broadway

"Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2"

The Royal Shakespeare Company's smash stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's historical saga will play the Winter Garden Theatre

After wowing critics and audiences in its premiere run at Stratford-upon-Avon and then in London's West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage dramatization of Hilary Mantel's literary sensations, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, will open on Broadway in the spring.

Titled Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two, the epic theater event will begin preview performances March 20 at the Winter Garden Theatre, one of Broadway's most desirable locations, which was vacated early after the commercial failure last season of the musical Rocky. The official opening for the historical double bill will be April 9.

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The plays were adapted by Mike Poulton from Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning bestsellers, which provide a fictionalized chronicle of the intrigue and double-dealings of King Henry VIII’s court. The stories focus on Thomas Cromwell, the London blacksmith’s son who became a close adviser to the King.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the 20-member cast will include original U.K. leads Ben Miles as Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII. Set and costume design are by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Paule Constable and David Plater, sound by Nick Powell and music by Stephen Warbeck.

The Broadway transfer is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Playful Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis & Nick Salmon and the Shubert Organization.

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The Mantel novels have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 36 languages. The author is working on the concluding volume of the trilogy, The Mirror & the Light.

The Wolf Hall saga also is being adapted by the BBC and PBS into a miniseries to air in 2015, with Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry.

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