RSC to premiere Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light in the West End

The RSC’s new stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel The Mirror and the Light is to receive its world premiere in the West End this autumn.

Officially opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 6th October, The Mirror and the Light is adapted from the third novel in Mantel’s award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. The stage adaptation is written by Mantel herself alongside actor Ben Miles.

The Mirror and the Light follows the RSC’s previous adaptations of Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which previously played in Stratford, London and Broadway. These adaptations were written by Mike Poulton.

Aside from co-writing the adaptation, Miles also reprises his role as Thomas Cromwell from the previous plays. He is joined once more by Nathaniel Parker, who a returns to the Olivier Award-winning role of Henry VIII.

The Mirror and the Light also reunites some of the creative team from the previous productions. Jeremy Herrin returns to direct, whilst Christopher Oram acts as set and costume design (he won both an Olivier and Tony Award for his work on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies). Music is by Stephen Warbeck.

The Wolf Hall trilogy charts the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, minister in the court of Henry VIII. The final instalment, The Mirror and the Light explores the final four years of Cromwell’s life. A TV adaptation of Wolf Hall, starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, was broadcast in 2015.

Gregory Doran, artistic director of the RSC, said: “Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies were welcomed with extraordinary enthusiasm and excitement back in 2014 and audiences have waited patiently to see the third and final part. It’s a much anticipated theatrical climax to an epic and ambitious work, and we can’t wait to open and share it with audiences in the West End this year.”

The Mirror and the Light runs at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre with previews from 23rd September to 28th November. The play officially opens on 6th October. Tickets go on sale 27th May.

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