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Wolf Hall

By Hilary Mantel, adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton 

March 2, 3, 8**, 9, 10, 11*, 15**, 16, 17, 18*, 2018 

 

Mike Poulton’s two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novels is a thrilling portrait of a brilliant manipulator navigating a high-stakes political landscape. WOLF HALL begins in England in 1527. King Henry VIII needs a male heir, and his anger grows as months pass without the divorce he craves. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell. Once a mercenary and now a master politician, he sets out to grant King Henry’s desire while methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own Reforming agenda.

"The extraordinary enthusiasm for these books across page, stage and screen is partly due to the inherent dramatic power of the narratives…[Mantel and Poulton] bring to the familiar tale of doomed wives and religious convulsion a thrilling originality of psychology and storytelling…absolute dramatic clarity with tantalizing historical ambiguity…Mantel and Poulton, while themselves rewriting history, show the king and his spin doctor doing the same."

—Guardian (London) 

 

"…opens like ‘House of Cards' and ends like 'Game of Thrones'…Mike Poulton's adaptations keep the language accessible and the political context lucid enough for a general audience. They are also surprisingly funny, with a more broadly comic tone than Mantel's books…elegantly done…History repeats itself, first as farce, then as tragedy…masterful…highly satisfying."

—The Hollywood Reporter

 

"…a superbly tense duet…fiercely intelligent…Mantel's inspired approach, echoed by adaptor Mike Poulton, was to take the decade covering the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn and present everything from an entirely unexpected perspective: that of Cromwell, who rose inexorably from being the son of a blacksmith to becoming the second most powerful man in the kingdom…Poulton ensure[s] the stakes remain high and audiences engaged by the interstices of plots and counterplots."

—Variety

 

"…the real emotional tension resides mainly in the developing intimacy between Henry and Cromwell, and the disbelieving outrage that it provokes in the old aristocracy…an inexorable tragic momentum…a taut intelligence, and a subtle awareness of the parallels between Tudor times and our own…their verve, intelligence and wit are exhilarating."

—The Telegraph (London)

All performances 8:00pm, except:  *Matinee performance 2:00pm | **Evening performances 7:30pm

The talented cast includes Jason Woods, Christian Douglas, Jesse Huffman, Geoffrey King, Joshua Turner, Tyler Hammond, Jordan Born, Matt King, Lauren McPherson, Abigail Hunger, Tzipporah Anderson, Michael Ray, Gary Moore, Jodi Hansen, Susan St. Denis, Neal Thorburn, Mia Woods, Christopher Watson, Taylor Smith, Alec Hadden, C. Michael Porter, Mark Wright, and Rhonda Fisher, all under the direction of William E.P. Davis.

Meet the cast:

Jason Woods

as Thomas Cromwell

Christian Douglas

as Gregory Cromwell

Jesse Huffman

as Rafe Sadler

Geoffrey King

as Cardinal Wolsey

Joshua Turner

as Mark Smeaton

Tyler Hammond

as Thomas More

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About the Director:

William E.P. Davis

Will is a freelance theatre director and teacher. He has been a director for companies and schools such as Lost Nation Theatre and Johnson State College in Vermont, Stagedoor Manor in New York, and Central Kentucky Community Theatre, where he was the Managing Artistic Director. 

From 2011 to 2013 Will lived in London, England where he received his M.F.A. in Theatre Directing at East 15 School of Acting including study at GITIS in Moscow, Russia and ISI in Denpasar, Bali. While in London, Will was an assistant director with Theatre 503, The Royal Academy of Music, East 15 School of Acting, and Opera Forge as well as the Associate Director for AXIS Arts, for whom he directed multiple shows including MSND, an immersive reinventing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featured in the new book Creating Worlds.

Will has directed for The Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, Midland Lutheran University, and F-Troupe Collaborative, where he served on the board. He has also taught classes in Modern Theatre Technique, Devising, Script Analysis, Acting, Movement for Actors, Introduction to Theatre, and Stagecraft.

Will has his bachelor's degree in Drama from The University of Washington and is currently an adjunct faculty with Eastern Florida State College.

Jordan Born

as King Henry VIII

Matt King

as Sir Henry Norris

Lauren McPherson

as Katherine of Aragon

Abigail Hunger

as Anne Boleyn

Tzipporah Anderson

as Jane Seymour

Michael Ray

as Duke of Norfolk

Gary Moore

as Duke of Suffolk

Jodi Hansen

as Jane Boleyn Rochford

Susan St. Denis

as Liz Cromwell / Mary Boleyn

Neal Thorburn

as Christophe / Francis Weston

Mia Woods

as Princess Mary /

Lady Worcester

Christopher Watson

as T Wyatt / George Boleyn

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Mark Wright

as Warham / William Kingston

Alec Hadden

as Stephen Gardiner / Chapuys

C. Michael Porter

as T Cranmer / T Boleyn

Taylor Smith

as Harry Percy /

William Brereston

Rhonda Fisher

as Whore / Servant to Wolsey

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