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Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company announced today that Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will extend by four weeks. The productions will now play at the Aldwych Theatre until 4 October 2014. Tickets for the extension go on public sale immediately.

Hilary Mantel's adaptations for the stage in two parts by Mike Poulton have been enourmously succesfull, taking in 7.6m £ so far. The adaptations were commissioned by Playful Productions and brought to the stage by the RSC, working in collaboration with Playful. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the productions have met with universal acclaim since premiering at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and transferring into the West End.

 

The theatre cast includes Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey and Lucy Briers as Katherine of Aragon.

Wolf Hall won the Man Booker in 2009 and Bring Up the Bodies won in 2012, making Hilary Mantel the first woman ever to have received the award twice, and the first person to win the prize for two consecutive novels of the same series. She achieved another first recently when Bring Up the Bodies also won the Costa Novel Award, the first time the same novel has won both this and the Man Booker.

The books have sold more than 1.8 million copies in the UK and 1.2 million copies in the US, the productions are soon to be followed by a BBC screen adaptation in 2015, which will see 2014 Tony Award winner Mark Rylance take on the role of Cromwell.

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