Booking Period: Until 6 September 2014
England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost 20 years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment. With every month that passes without progress the King's anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell.
A one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father, he sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda.
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).