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'Wolf Hall' stars will join transfer to Broadway next year
"Wolf Hall: parts 1 & 2,"the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s best-selling novels about Henry VIII and his chaotic court, will open on Broadway next spring at the Winter Garden Theater, the show’s producers announced on Thursday.
Reprising their critically-acclaimed performances from the London production will be Ben Miles as Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII. The production is to begin previews on March 20, 2015, with opening night set for April 9.
“Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2′ are adapted by Mike Poulton from Ms. Mantel’s “Wolf Hall,” winner of the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 2009, and its sequel, “Bring Up the Bodies,” winner of the Booker Prize in 2012.
Jeremy Herrin will make his New York directing debut, overseeing a cast of more than 20 actors playing some 70 roles.
The double bill will be catnip for fans of a Broadway rarity: marathon theatergoing. Because the production comprises over five-and-a-half hours of stage time, both parts of the production can either be seen in one day, with a dinner break of about two-and-a-half hours, or on different days.Rumors about a possible transfer have been brewing since the show opened in London earlier this year to overwhelmingly positive reviews and strong ticket sales. Both shows are playing in repertory in London’s West End through Oct. 4.
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