Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two Summary

  • Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 20, 2015
  • Opens April 9, 2015
  • Show Closed: July 5, 2015

Wolf Hall follows the crafty and ambitious rise of Thomas Cromwell, from poor working class beginnings to advisor to Tudor King Henry VIII. King Henry VIII of course is most recognized for annulling and beheading several of his wives. The name Wolf Hall itself both describes the King's predatory nature and the name of the estate of his soon to be next conquest, Jane Seymour.

Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two on Broadway Background

Based off Hilary Mantel’s best-selling and National Book Critics Circle Award winning novel of the same name, as well as its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 comes to Broadway following a wildly successful London run. This production is directed by Jeremy Herrin, who is making his Broadway directorial debut.

Set during 16th century England, the show chronicles the ascension of Thomas Cromwell during the rule of King Henry VIII. Cromwell in particular was one of King Henry’s confidants and used his position of power to abet King Henry’s controversial reign.

The double bill stars the original London lead actors who all received rave reviews: Ben Miles plays Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard plays Anne Boleyn, and Nathaniel Parker plays King Henry VIII. The London production meanwhile continued with a replacement cast, where the show received extremely positive reviews and also sold tickets very well. The music for this Broadway show is by Stephen Warbeck. Furthermore, scenic design is by Christopher Oram, costume design is also by Christopher Oram, lighting design is by Paule Constable, and sound design is by Nick Powell.

What’s Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two Like?

The two plays are performed in repertory at the Winter Garden Theatre, lasting a marathon 5 and a half hours. Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two can either be viewed on separate days, or together with a 2 and a half hour dinner break. The plays were adapted by Mike Poulton from the novels by Dame Hilary Mantel. Part one deals with Cromwell's role in bringing together Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Part two focuses on Henry VIII, having broken with Rome to Marry Anne Boleyn and his anxiety to produce a male heir. Cromwell is a soft spoken family man, yet is purely Machiavellian, when it comes to the inner workings of court life.

Is Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two Good for Kids?

The show is not appropriate for young children. Its advanced themes may be best suited to older children over the age of 12. Parents should be forewarned of the adult scenes. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre

1634 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,533
Entrance: Broadway, between 50th and 51st Streets
Theatre Information

Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre Seating Chart

Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two Marquee

Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two Marquee

Cast Members

Anne Boleyn
Lydia Leonard
Thomas Cromwell
Ben Miles
King Henry VIII
Nathaniel Parker

Producers

The Shubert Organization

Jerry Frankel

Playful Productions

Matthew Byam Shaw

Nia Janis

Jeffrey Richards

Production Credits

Director
Jeremy Herrin
Set + Costume Designer
Christopher Oram
Light Designer
Paule Constable + David Plater
Music
Stephen Warbeck
Sound Designer
Nick Powell
Book
Hillary Mantell
Adaptation
Mike Poulton

Creative Team

General Manager
James Triner at James Triner Theatricals LLC
Company Manager
Megan Curren at James Triner Theatricals LLC
Production Manager
Aurora Productions
Advertising Representative
AKA NYC
Press Agent
Jeffrey Richards Associates
Production Stage Manager
Michael Passaro