Part One (Wolf Hall): England, 1527. The court of Henry VIII is in upheaval as the King rages over his lack of a male heir. But when Henry's anger turns to passion for the alluring Anne Boleyn, the Pope refuses to grant him an annulment from Henry’s wife, Catherine of Aragon. Into the fray steps Thomas Cromwell, a man of great ambition and humble origins who has earned himself a place in the court. Cromwell realizes that the courtier who can get Anne into Henry’s bed will win the highest favor of the Crown.
In Part Two (Bring up the Bodies), Cromwell has succeeded in getting King Henry VIII his divorce. Anne Boleyn is now Henry’s queen, and Cromwell has been made the King’s chief adviser…and chief fixer. But Anne has failed to deliver Henry a male heir, and the King turns his eyes towards a new conquest: Jane Seymour. Cromwell believes his only hope to satisfy the hot-blooded Henry is to align with his greatest enemies in the court. But whose head will pay for his ruthless ambition?
The two parts of Wolf Hall debuted at the Royal Shakespeare Company before transferring to London’s West End and then Broadway. The play is an adaptation by Mike Poulton of a pair of best-selling novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall and Bring the Bodies, performed in rotating repertory.