PBS to Air Mark Rylance "Wolf Hall" Miniseries and Starry August Wilson Tribute

News   PBS to Air Mark Rylance "Wolf Hall" Miniseries and Starry August Wilson Tribute
The new miniseries "Wolf Hall," a tribute to playwright August Wilson and season two of "Shakespeare Uncovered" will be featured in PBS' programming for 2015, Deadline.com reports.

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Based on the books by Hilary Mantel, "Wolf Hall" will feature two-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell co-starring with Damian Lewis as Henry VIII. The six-part miniseries, which begins April 5, 2015 at 10:00 PM, follows Cromwell's life and career.

The London productions of Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton, will arrive on Broadway this spring at the Winter Garden Theatre.

The second season of "Shakespeare Uncovered," which will feature celebrity hosts "Downton Abbey” star Hugh Bonneville, Christopher Plummer, Morgan Freeman, Kim Cattrall, David Harewood and Joseph Fiennes exploring Shakespeare's greatest works, will premiere Jan. 30 at 9 PM.

Award-winning playwright August Wilson, who penned Fences, The Piano Lesson and Joe Turner's Come and Gone, among others, will be honored in "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand." The program, which will air Feb. 20 at 9 PM, is presented as part of the American Masters series and will feature Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Laurence Fishburne sharing stories of the late African-American playwright’s theatrical canon.

Season Five of the hit TV show "Downton Abbey" will premiere Jan. 4 at 9 PM.

Visit pbs.org for more information.

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