Wolf Hall

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc., May 16, 2016 - Drama - 100 pages
THE STORY: Mike Poulton’s two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novels is a thrilling portrait of a brilliant manipulator navigating a high-stakes political landscape. WOLF HALL begins in England in 1527. King Henry VIII needs a male heir, and his anger grows as months pass without the divorce he craves. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell. Once a mercenary and now a master politician, he sets out to grant King Henry’s desire while methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own Reforming agenda.

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User Review  - treehorse - LibraryThing

Lovely prose and a great few minor characters. Took me forever to wade through this. mostly due to reading only during lunch breaks, but also because the minutiae of some of Cromwell's affair are very very dry. Read full review

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User Review  - N.W.Moors - LibraryThing

After four tries and almost ten years, I have finally finished Wolf Hall. It's a book that should be right up my alley; I very familiar with British history and the characters portrayed in this novel ... Read full review

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Thomas Cromwell
Anne Boleyn
Princess Mary
Harry Percy Earl of Northumberland
Sir William Brereton
Gregory Cromwell
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Mike Poulton’s recent adaptations and translations for the stage include Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA (directed by Lucy Bailey at The Print Room, London); Schiller’s LUISE MILLER (directed by Michael Grandage for the Donmar Warehouse, London); ANJIN:THE ENGLISH SAMURAI (directed by Gregory Doran for Horipro in Tokyo); Malory’s MORTE D’ARTHUR (directed by Gregory Doran for the Royal Shakespeare Company); Schiller’s WALLENSTEIN (directed by Angus Jackson at Chichester Festival Theatre); Schiller’s MARY STUART (directed by Terry Hands at Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Ibsen’s THE LADY FROM THE SEA (directed by Lucy Bailey at Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD (directed by Philip Franks at Chichester Festival Theatre, and Terry Hands at Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Ibsen’s ROSMERSHOLM (directed by Anthony Page at the Almedia Theatre, London); Strindberg’s THE FATHER (directed by Angus Jackson at Chichester); MYRMIDONS (directed by Simon Coury at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin); and a two-part adaptation of Chaucer’s CANTERBURY TALES (directed by Gregory Doran for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and performed at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in the West End, and on tour of the US and Spain). His acclaimed version of Schiller’s DON CARLOS premiered at the Sheffield Crucible in a production directed by Michael Grandage with Derek Jacobi as King Philip II of Spain. It has since been widely performed, including by Rough Magic Theatre Company in Dublin (directed by Lynne Parker), and the Goteborgs Stadsteater (directed by Eva Bergman). Other productions include Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Liverpool Playhouse); Turgenev’s FORTUNE'S FOOL (directed by Arthur Penn at the Music Box Theatre, Broadway; nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, and winner of seven major awards including the Tony Awards for Best Actor for Alan Bates and Best Featured Actor for Frank Langella); UNCLE VANYA (directed by Michael Mayer at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway; with Derek Jacobi, Roger Rees and Laura Linney); THREE SISTERS (directed by Bill Bryden at the Birmingham Rep; with Charles Dance); GHOSTS (Theatre Royal Plymouth); THE SEAGULL, THREE SISTERS, THE DANCE OF DEATH and an adaptation of Euripides’ ION (all directed by David Hunt at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester).

Hilary Mantel is the author of eleven novels, a collection of short stories, and a memoir, "Giving Up the Ghost." She writes both historical and contemporary fiction, and her settings range from a South African township under apartheid to Paris in the Revolution, from a city in twentieth-century Saudi Arabia to rural Ireland in the eighteenth century. Her novel "Wolf Hall" won the 2009 Man Booker prize, the inaugural Walter Scott prize, and in the US won the National Book Critics Circle Award. "Bring Up the Bodies" won the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award. Taken together, "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" have sold over three million copies and have been translated into thirty-six languages. She is working on "The Mirror and the Light," the third book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy.

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