The Mirror and the Light

Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Previewed: 23 September 2021
Opened: 6 October 2021
Closes: 28 November 2021

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Show times
Monday no shows
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 2.30pm

Runs 2 hours and 35 minutes including one interval

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The Mirror and the Light

The RSC present Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light in London starring Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker

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 Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.

Hilary Mantel's final chapter in the Wolf Hall Trilogy, following Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies which where both presented at the West End's Aldwych Theatre from May to October 2014. Both Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker are reprising their roles from the 2014 plays.

Play by Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles, adapted from the novel by Hilary Mantel.

The cast features Ben Miles as 'Thomas Cromwell', Nathaniel Parker as 'Henry VIII', Aurora Dawson-Hunte as 'Elizabeth Seymour', Geoffrey Lumb as 'Thomas Wriothesley', Giles Taylor as 'Archbishop Cranmer', Ian Drysdale as 'French Ambassador', Jo Herbert as 'Lady Rochford'/'Abbess', Jordan Kouame as 'Rafe Sadler', Leo Wan as 'Richard Riche', Liam Smith as 'Walter Cromwell'/'Holbein', Matthew Pidgeon as 'Eustache Chapuys'/'Stephen Gardiner', Melissa Allan as 'Princess Mary', Nicholas Boulton as 'Duke of Suffolk', Nicholas Woodeson as 'Duke of Norfolk', Olivia Marcus as 'Jane Seymour'/'Katherine Howard', Paul Adeyefa as 'Christophe'/'Edward Seymour', Rosanna Adams as 'Anna of Cleves', Terique Jarrett as 'Gregory Cromwell', Tony Turner as 'Kingston'/'Ghost of Wolsey', Umi Myers as 'Helena Sadler'/'Dorothea Wolsey', Andrew Hodges, Mark Extance, Niamh James, and Samuel Awoyo.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin, with movement by Emily Jane Boyle, designs by Christopher Oram, illusions by Ben Hart, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, music by Stephen Warbeck, and sound by Nick Powell.

Ben Miles' London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Emanuel Lehman' in Sam Mendes' production of Ben Power's adaptation of Stefano Massini's The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 2018, and transfer to the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in 2019; 'Thomas Cromwell' in Jeremy Herrin's productions of Mike Poulton's stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre in 2014; 'Robert' in Ian Rickson's revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2011; 'Duke Vincentio' in Michael Attenborough's revival of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure at the Almeida Theatre in 2010; 'Tom' in Matthew Warchus' revival of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests (Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden) at the Old Vic Theatre in 2008; 'Henry Bolingbroke' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's Richard II at the Old Vic Theatre in 2005; 'Pyetya Trofimov' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in 2000, and Olivier Theatre in 2001; 'Mortimer' in Howard Davies' revival of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 1996; 'Ferdinand' in Mark Rylance's revival of William Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 1991.

Nathaniel Parker's London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Sir Robert Chiltern' in Jonathan Church's revival of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2018; 'Jack Weatherill' in Jeremy Herrin's production of James Graham's This House at the Garrick Theatre in 2016; 'King Henry VIII' in Jeremy Herrin's productions of Mike Poulton's stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre in 2014; 'Gordon Brown' in Stephen Daldry's production of Peter Morgan's The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013; 'Bob Gould' in Rupert Goold's revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2000; and 'Harry Percy' in Barry Kyle's revival of William Shakespeare's Richard II at the Barbican Theatre in 1987.

The Mirror and the Light in London at the Gielgud Theatre previews from 23 September 2021, opened 6 October 2021, and closes on 28 November 2021