The Mirror and the Light

About This Show

The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were hailed as landmark and must-see theatrical events. Now Playful Productions and the RSC bring The Mirror and the Light, the highly anticipated final chapter of Hilary Mantel’s WOLF HALL TRILOGY, to the West End this September.

Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles join forces to adapt the exhilarating and fast-paced conclusion of this thrilling story for the London stage, with Ben Miles reprising his “astonishing performance” (Daily Telegraph) as the legendary Thomas Cromwell.

If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?

England, 1536. Anne Boleyn’s fate has been sealed by the executioner. Jane Seymour must deliver King Henry a healthy heir. And to the disgust of Henry’s nobles, Thomas Cromwell continues his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside his master. But with the threat of invasion and the King’s legacy tottering, Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.

The further you climb, the harder you fall.

Director Jeremy Herrin (This House, People, Places & Things, Labour of Love) and Designer Christopher Oram (Red, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Peter and Alice) reunite to take audiences racing through the blistering courts of Hilary Mantel’s Sunday Times best-seller.

Show Details

Running Time: 2hr 30min (0 intermissions)
Dates: Opening Night: 23 September 2021 Final Performance: 28 November 2021
Location: Gielgud Theatre, West End

Shaftesbury Avenue,

West End,


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WhatsOnStage Review

| | 06 October 2021
Ben Miles takes on the lead role in the premiere


Ben Miles Cromwell
Nicholas Boulton Duke of Suffolk
Matt Pidgeon Stephen Gardiner
Giles Taylor Archbishop Cranmer
Rosanna Adams Anna of Cleves
Paul Adeyefa Christophe
Aurora Dawson-Hunte Elizabeth Seymour
Terique Jarrett Gregory Cromwell
Jordan Kouame Rafe Sadler
Geoffrey Lumb Thomas Wriothesley
Olivia Marcus Jane Seymour
Tony Turner Kingston/Wolsey
Leo Wan Richard Riche
Nicholas Woodeson Duke of Norfolk
Melissa Allan Mary Tudor
Jo Herbert Lady Rochford
Umi Myers Helen/Dorothea
Mark Extance Dr Chambers
Ian Drysdale French Ambassador

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