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Bring Up The Bodies

Bring Up The Bodies Tickets

4.9/5 - based on 12 reviews
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Performance Times
Mon -
Tue 19:30
Wed 19:30
Thu -
Fri 19:30
Sat -
Sun 19:30

Bring Up The Bodies description

Bring Up The Bodies – Kings, queens, violence and volatility

The author of the two novels the plays are based on, Hilary Mantel, won the first ever two consecutive Man Booker Prizes and by all accounts played an enthusiastic part in this fine production’s evolution. The plays run from 1st May to 6th September at the Aldwych Theatre, a two-in-one treat for lovers of historical drama.

The year is 1527 and the setting is England. Henry 8th can’t seem to sire a male heir, and it’s making him furious. Already a terrifyingly volatile man, his temper is getting worse and his moods more unpredictable by the day. But Thomas Cromwell is on a mission. In his opinion reform is way overdue, and he’s determined to succeed.

The marvellous Ben Miles plays Thomas Cromwell, well known and loved for his remarkable stage work in Hand in Hand to the Promised Land, The Cherry Orchard and The London Cuckolds. TV’s Lucy Briers, famous for her role in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and Ashes to Ashes, takes to the stage as the ill-fated Katherine of Aragon. Paul Jesson plays Cardinal Wolsey and Nathaniel Parker bravely takes on the role of Henry himself, making a superb job of an extremely complex and imposing character.

Mike Poulton's excellent adaptation sits at the heart of the matter, no surprise from a man whose previous accolades include Schiller's Don Carlos and Luise Miller at the Donmar, both directed by the theatre giant Michael Grandage. And Jeremy Herrin directs, with a host of successes behind him including This House, David Hare's South Downs and Will Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies - The story

King Henry 8th is badgering Cardinal Wolsey in the hope he’ll agree to persuade the Pope to grant an annulment. But progress is painfully slow.

Cromwell is an ex-mercenary, gifted politician, talented lawyer and devoted dad, and he’s wise enough to realise that if he makes the king happy, he has a better chance of achieving his ambitions. He sets out to get the king the divorce he wants, at the same time working quietly in his typically methodical and ruthless way in pursuit of his own ends.

Bring Up The Bodies theatre tickets – A tense story based on history

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Bring Up The Bodies reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 12 reviews

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Recommended for:

Anyone (50%)
Families (50%)
Teenagers (50%)
Couples (67%)
Theatregoers (100%)
Latest customer reviews

Excellent transition form Hilary Mantel's novel to stage

Reviewed on 25 September 2014 by

Cromwell's history

Fantastic show - we loved every minute!

Reviewed on 31 August 2014 by

Captivating drama

Outstanding adaptation of the novel with brilliant performances and a very hard-working cast. Minimalist staging highlights the drama of the performances.

Reviewed on 25 August 2014 by


The play was somewhat spoiled for me by the seating in the stalls not being raised enough to see through the head of the person in front, and the low ceiling of the circle muffling the sound somewhat. Acting was excellent. expected a new aspect of the story which I felt was not there.

Reviewed on 04 August 2014 by

Go to this play

Reviewed on 03 August 2014 by

Looking forward for teh Wolf Hallnow

The show was absolutely brilliant! My plane landed just hours before the show and with time difference being plus 3 hours I was a bit concerned that I will be too tired to enjoy the show. Was NOT the case at all! Almost 3 hours went like 10 minutes as actors were totally grabbing the attention. Great balance of humor and drama combined with talented acting made the show unforgettable. Worth spending a bit extra and buying central sits, some advanced booking will be needed for this show. Can't wait to see the Wolf Hall now!

Reviewed on 23 July 2014 by

Totally gripping

Reviewed on 22 July 2014 by

Fantastic show

Reviewed on 29 June 2014 by


Brilliant show. Pity tickets appear to be very hard to find, hence ridiculous high prices. Only to find theatre half empty!

Reviewed on 23 June 2014 by