Wolf Hall news!

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, after Hans Holbein the Younger, early 17th century. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London.

Calling my fellow Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies fans! The Royal Shakespeare Company have just announced that there will be repertoire productions of BOTH at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon this December.

Hilary Mantel’s two astounding novels have been adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton.

I am SO THERE. How about you?

Richard II, unknown artist, early 16th century. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London.

They’ve also announced that David Tennant will be starring as Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from the 10th of October (my birthday!) also as part of their Winter 2013 season. I must admit that I’m having trouble imagining Tennant as Richard II to be honest (especially after seeing Ben Whishaw’s astonishing portrayal in The Hollow Crown) but I’m sure Doctor Who fans will be thrilled (I’m not sneering here – my behaviour when I went to see Kenneth Branagh star in Hamlet at the Barbican many moons ago was hardly above reproach). Personally I think Tennant would make a really good Richard III (especially when he does that mad eyed snarling thing he’s so keen on) but I’m sure he’ll be great.

Well, this is all very exciting. I hope they release more information about the Wolf Hall television series soon – I’m desperate to find out who they have cast as Cromwell, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn!

Ooh, it’s snowing AGAIN.

6 thoughts on “Wolf Hall news!

  • Lexi

    WOW I am so excited about this!
    I do <3 David Tennant – I know what you mean about Richard II, however he was absolutely brilliant in Much Ado About Nothing and I'd love to see him in this!

  • Michelle Peeples (@ZedShowgirl)

    I’m so jealous! I wish I could be there – hey, you never know maybe I will get there – to see Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. New Year’s resolution to be a little more positive with my thoughts.

    I realized I could not wait any longer and went ahead and purchased the Hollow Crown on DVD. Thank God for region-free DVD players. And I agree with you about Ben Whishaw’s portrayal as Richard II. He is incredible in the Hollow Crown. However, I must admit a bias when it comes to him. I find him an amazing actor who has been great in everything I’ve seen him in. I enjoy David Tennant (I’m not a rabid Doctor Who fan but get a kick out of the show) so I am keeping an open mind about his Richard II.

  • Kathleen

    Thank you for all this news – very exciting! I’ve not seen David Tennant in any Shakespeare role (yet, I say optimistically), but maybe this time around. I’m almost more excited about Wolf Hall on the stage!

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