Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light, adapted for the stage by the RSC, will get its West End premiere this fall!

What is The Mirror and the Light about?

The Mirror and the Light is the final novel from Hilary Mantel’s trilogy about the journey of Thomas Cromwell. The chief minister from Henry VIII’s court, the story follows Cromwell’s rise from a self-made man to one of the most powerful and influential figures of sixteenth-century England. The third novel of the trilogy focuses on the last four years of his life, from 1536 post the death of Anne Boleyn to 1540 when he dies via public execution at the Tower of London.

England, 1536. Anne Boleyn’s head lies in a sack. Jane Seymour gives King Henry only a fleeting hope of a healthy heir. Thomas Cromwell continues his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside his master. But with the threat of invasion and the King’s legacy tottering, Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.

The further you climb, the harder you fall.

The production will premiere at the West End's Gielgud Theatre on 6 October, with previews from 23 September.

The book has been adapted for stage by Mantel alongside Ben Miles. Miles will also return to his role as Thomas Cromwell, alongside Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII. Jeremy Herrin will return to direct.

The production will feature scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram and music by Stephen Warbeck.

The Mirror and the Light will play a strictly limited season until 28 November. Tickets go on sale on 27 May.

Learn more at https://themirrorandthelight.co.uk/.

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