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Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies: RSC Stage Adaptation - Revised Edition Paperback – 22 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate / Nick Hern Books (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007590148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007590148
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One hesitates to use the phrase “a marriage made in heaven” in the vicinity of Henry VIII but that would be a fair way of describing this brilliant union between the RSC and Hilary Mantel … Such is the dramatic skill of the adaptation by Mike Poulton (with whom Mantel has worked closely) … that, if the final instalment of the trilogy had been completed and turned into a play, I would gladly have stayed up all night.’ Paul Taylor, Independent

‘A triumph … gripping yet darkly funny … a rollicking yarn that gives an eye-level idea of life at the Tudor court … a bold, unforgettable lesson in history and politics.’ The Times

‘Mike Poulton has done an outstanding job … a gripping piece of narrative theatre … characters have a three-dimensional richness … This is history made manifest … These plays are about class, passion, conscience, religious freedom and the danger of living in a society where power goes unchecked … they show that novels can sometimes be made into very good plays.’ Michael Billington, Guardian

‘The mother of all costume dramas: a six-hour Tudor epic … a groaning banquet of political shenanigans and deadly intrigue … Poulton pulls off a remarkable act.’ Daily Mail

‘Dark and gripping … splendidly entertaining and at times deeply touching.’ Telegraph

‘Event theatre of the highest brow … nail-bitingly tense … Historical drama of the highest calibre.’ Daily Express

‘Poulton's adaptation … triumphantly compresses almost 1,100 dense but deliciously written pages into nearly six hours of enthralling traffic on the stage.’ Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

‘Poulton's script brings the intrigues and political machinations to the stage with clarity, wit and plenty of very welcome humour … Poulton, Herrin and Hilary Mantel have produced something quite special here. It is an intelligent, fresh and dramatic retelling of a very familiar period of history … the writing is first class – a real gem of a script for audience and actors alike.’ whatsonstage.com

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Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books , including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST, and the short story collection THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER. Her two most recent novels, WOLF HALL and its sequel BRING UP THE BODIES, have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize – an unprecedented achievement.


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The character profiles written in an interesting way (very Mantel). The adaptation has all the key elements of characterisation and action and I never noticed anything that was missing from the books. Mike Poulton and Hilary Mantel obviously worked very well together to achieve this seamless adaptation. I couldn't put it down. If you enjoy play reading I think you could read this without having read the books.
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A brilliant addition to your Mantel-piece

I already own hardback and e-copies of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies
but this script adds another dimension

It's as if the author and collaborator have been through the books with a highlight pen and marked key parts, then lifted them up for our gaze.

The 'notes on characters' is written in the form of an answer to the actors' "what's my motivation?"
So. for example. the profile of Thomas Cromwell begins "You are the man with the slow resting heartbeat, the calmest person in any room, the best man in a crisis. You are a robust, confident, centred man, and your confidence comes from the power you have in reserve; your Putney self, ready to be unleashed, like an invisible pit bull."

Open it, read it, love it. Enjoy.
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The 32 Hilary Mantel notes on the characters, written to help the actors, make this the FIRST book to buy before buying the books or seeing the play or watching the BBC series. Even her notes are colourfully expressed and invaluable. Please, please, RSC, thes two plays are worth putting on again and committing to film.
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far better and clearer than the TV series I was sorry i missed it onstage when i read the plays
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Very good adaptation, flowing and easy to read with valuable background to all the characters.
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Brilliant! Stage play and film both excellent. Can't wait for the final part of the trilogy!
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Same high standard of writing by Hilary Mantell which I have come to expect.
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