The drama Wolf Hall was adapted for the stage by Royal Shakespeare Company. It shows government and politics in Tudor times.
Broadway welcomes Wolf Hall just after PBS’ six part miniseries based on the BBC’s drama aired on television. The plot and narrative not to mention climax and anticlimax are pretty exciting. Shakespeare enthusiasts will love the spicy and saucy bits from the stage play.
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King Henry VIII is played by Nathaniel Parker. And Anne Boleyn is played by Lydia Leonard. As for Thomas Cromwell his character is filled in by Ben Miles. All three form a bizarre intrigue triangle of love, hate and politics.
King Henry VIII is quick to anger and very mercurial. Anne Boleyn is her usual crafty and scheming self. And Cromwell is a cunning rascal who knows how to have his way in the end. Between them, the psychological drama portrays the court life and Middle Ages as they existed way back then.
The court attendants, courtiers and government officials not to mention plotters and assassins who form the myriad others revolving around the three main characters are shown in their petty and pretty nasty selves too.
The stage props and court costumes make the whole skit look like it came straight out of an alternative universe. The storyline revolves around Henry VIII and his off-with-her-head habit of changing wives as if they were chattels and mere trophies to be collected and then discarded when one became fed up with them.
The fact that one of his wives gave him a daughter instead of a son and heir meant that she had to be guillotined. The scandals, the sadism and the swinish temperament of Henry VIII are displayed in their shocking manner for the audience to gaze at for the sheer purpose of infotainment.
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