Gielgud Theatre

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The Mirror and the Light

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  • Opens: Thursday, 23 September 2021
    Booking until: Thursday, 25 November 2021
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About The Mirror and the Light

The Mirror and the Light description

The award winning novelist Hilary Mantel wrote a best-selling trilogy about the life and times of Oliver Cromwell and King Henry 8th. The first two books, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, were adapted for the stage and both proved monster hits. The 2015 TV series starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Thomas Brodie-Sangste was equally popular. Now the third part of the trilogy, The Mirror and The Light, is due in the West End, and the anticipation is already mounting.

What's the plot of The Mirror and The Light?

This incredible true story follows the stellar rise and equally dramatic fall of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII, a terrifyingly dangerous place where saying the wrong thing can see you literally losing your head. The location is England. The date is 1536. Anne Boleyn has been beheaded. And Jane Seymour is the country's great hope, a woman tasked with giving Henry a healthy heir. Henry’s noblemen are furious about Thomas Cromwell's ruthless ascent from the poverty stricken streets of Putney to one of the highest ranking positions in the nation. There's a threat of invasion, the King's hold on power is weakening, and Cromwell's enemies are about to act.

This is the world premiere of Mantel's fantastic third novel, now adapted for the stage following the success of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She's the first woman to win the Man Booker Award twice and Bring Up the Bodies is the first novel to win both a Costa and a Man Booker prize. The play has been commissioned and developed for the stage by Playful Productions, adapted by Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles, who plays Cromwell himself. Nathaniel Parker plays Henry the 8th and the Olivier nominee Jeremy Herrin directs. The scenic and costume design, which as you can imagine is amazing, comes from Christopher Oram.

Who is The Mirror and The Light for?

As a complex play that covers a critical point in England's history, the The Mirror and The Light is probably best for people aged 12 and over.

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25 May
2021
London Box Office

The Mirror and The Light – 2021 West End Dates

by London Box Office | Tuesday, May 25 2021, 09:45

The Mirror and the Light Update for The Mirror and The Light at the Gielgud Theatre

The final novel in Dame Hilary Mantel's award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror and The Light, is due in the West End later this year. It's being billed as a final 'fast-paced final instalment' and it has been beautifully adapted for the stage by Mantel herself, and by Ben Miles who returns to play his dazzling role as Thomas Cromwell himself. The drama unfurls at the Gielgud Theatre from 23rd September to 28th November 2021.

The Mirror and The Light – 2021 West End Dates