Wolf Hall Opens on Broadway
The Brits Take Over Broadway! Another epic production, brought to you by the Royal Shakespeare Company, comes to Broadway this season with the promise to win over Americans after an all-star outing in London this past season! While many know the historical stories and fables of King Henry VIII, Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 bring to life the king and chaos surrounding his reign to life in a new stage production that comes to America following a critically acclaimed debut in England. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wolf Hall officially opens on Broadway tonight!
Wolf Hall is a play based on the history novels by Hilary Mantel about the bloody reign of Henry VIII. Adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton, Part 1 takes place in England in 1527 as Henry rages over his lack of a male heir. The audience is introduced to Thomas Cromwell who climbs the ladder of power as he works to bring Henry a male heir to the throne. Part 2 brings us when a queen, Anne Boleyn, has come to power. As Henry’s rage continues, Cromwell finds himself trapped as he works to satisfy the king while wondering what the ultimate cost of his ambition will be.
Wolf Hall officially opens on Broadway tonight at the Winter Garden Theatre after beginning previews earlier this spring on March 20th. The show comes directly from London’s West End where it played as two separate productions, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies. The production’s premiered at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Swan Theatre last January and later transferred to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre in May. The play has been adapted into a double bill for Broadway where audiences can not see only one of the productions but instead must see both. The show is running as a strictly limited engagement on Broadway for 15 weeks only through July 5th, 2015.
The production’s Original London stars headline the Broadway outing. The cast is led by Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII. The rest of the cast includes Joey Batey, Nicholas Boulton, Lucy Briers, Leah Brotherhead, Olivia Darnley, Nicholas Day, Mathew Foster, Daniel Fraser, Edward Harrison, Benedict Hasting, Madeleine Hyland, Paul Jesson, Robert Macpherson, Pierro Niel-Mee, Matthew Pidgeon, John Ramm, Nicholas Shaw, Joshua Silver, Giles Taylor and Jay Taylor.
Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 is directed by Jeremy Herrin. The rest of the creative team includes Christopher Oram as scenic and costume designer, Paula Constable as lighting designer for Part 1, David Plater as lighting designer for Part 2 and Nick Powell as sound designer. The production features music by Stephen Warbeck with movement by Siân Williams.
I’m very excited about this adapted work coming to Broadway this season! Adapted specifically for American audiences, Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 is brought to Broadway this season by the Royal Shakespeare Company. This is the company that has brought Broadway Jersey boys, Matilda and countless plays season after season that have continued to win over American audiences. I have no doubt Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 will do the same. It has also been quite some time since Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre has been home to a play. I wouldn’t miss the rare chance as this Broadway house is prime real estate for when it comes to Broadway musicals finding a home. I do hope I get the chance to experience this epic double bill during its Broadway outing.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the epic Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 on Broadway! As mentioned above, the play is running on a strictly limited engagement of 15 weeks only through July 5th, 2015! For more information, visit Wolf Hall’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!