‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring up the Bodies’
It is never easy to turn fine novels into plays and Hilary Mantel’s poetic and elegant first two books about Thomas Cromwell at the court of Henry VIII, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, would seem more complicated to adapt than most. But they work—magnificently. As the blacksmith’s son from Putney, rising to high office, Ben Miles is a devious, clever, grieving Cromwell. Nathaniel Parker is a subtly brutal and charming Henry. The two plays may lack Mantel’s rich prose and the darkness that fill her books, but to watch them together, over six hours, is as exhilarating a theatrical experience as I have ever had.
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