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Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies on stage: What the critics say

Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies on stage: What the critics say

Hilary Mantel was the first British woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice and the first to win with two books in the same series.  Her phenomenal Tudor tour-de-force Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies have been adapted to stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and will later be adapted for television screens by the BBC.  The reviews were in today for the RSC adaptations and they are universally brilliant.  Congratulations to Mantel and the RSC. Here is what the critics had to say:

‘Exhilarating stage-craft and masterly narrative compression in a double-bill that must surely have a long life beyond Stratford’ – Paul Taylor, The Independent *****

‘A bold, unforgettable lesson in history and politics’ –Dominic Maxwell, The Times *****

‘Ben Miles’s subtle, serpentine performance drives the drama through the dark alleys of Tudor England’ – Neil Norman, Daily Express *****

‘A triumph of clarity’ – Heather Neill, The Stage

‘Splendidly entertaining and deeply entertaining’ – Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph ****

‘Ben Miles may not have the ugliness of which Cromwell is accused, but he brilliantly conveys the watchful intelligence, the inner grief, the implacable isolation’ – Michael Billington, The Guardian ****

‘A rewarding epic in which we see the court of Henry VIII in all its glory and ruthlessness’ – Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard ****

‘This gripping, brutal tale has medieval plague and religious superstition but it also has sex,  sybaritic greed, and enough little daubs of cheek and scandal… to show us that human nature has not much altered’ – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail ****