Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry's side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position.
When the King begins to fall in love with the seemingly plain Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions.
Hilary Mantel's prize winning novels have been hailed as a landmark in British culture and Mike Poulton's thrilling stage adaptations, directed by Jeremy Herrin, "opened to rave reviews in Stratford-upon-Avon" (The Independent). Now these "rich and riveting" (Mail on Sunday) plays of power, passion and politics in the court of Henry VIII transfer to the Aldwych Theatre for a strictly limited London season.
Mike Poulton's acclaimed adaptations include Schiller's Don Carlos, which starred Derek Jacobi (Sheffield Theatres and West End), and Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse), both directed by Michael Grandage.
Jeremy Herrin's previous productions include This House (National Theatre), David Hare's South Downs (Chichester and West End) and The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe).