Broadway Producers Eye Winter Garden with Brit Import of Wolf Hall Double-Bill

News   Broadway Producers Eye Winter Garden with Brit Import of Wolf Hall Double-Bill The London productions of Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, based on the history novels by Hilary Mantel about Henry VIII, may arrive at Broadway's now-vacant Winter Garden Theatre in 2015, according to the New York Times.

The Royal Shakespeare Company productions recently extended their acclaimed London repertory run through Oct. 4. Mike Poulton adapted the double-bill for the stage.

The plays premiered at Stratford-upon-Avon's Swan Theatre in January and transferred to the West End's Aldwych in May. The two plays tell the compelling story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s chief fixer and deliverer of the King’s chosen bedfellows.

According to the Times, Tony Award-winning producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel are aiming to bring the plays to Broadway in spring 2015. The double-bill would be re-titled Wolf Hall, Parts 1 and 2 for American audiences.

The Winter Garden, which has been rarely without a tenant since Cats in 1982 and later Mamma Mia! in 2001, was recently vacated by the short-lived Broadway production of Rocky the musical, which closed after only 208 performances.

The productions are directed by Jeremy Herrin, with sets and costumes by Christopher Oram. Lighting for Wolf Hall is by Paule Constable, with lighting for Bring Up the Bodies by David Plater. Music is by Stephen Warbeck, with sound by Nick Powell, movement by Siân Williams and fights by Bret Yount.

Ben Miles and Lydia Leonard in the RSC production of <i>Wolf Hall</i>
Ben Miles and Lydia Leonard in the RSC production of Wolf Hall Photo by Alastair Muir/Rex
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