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Mirror and the Light
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Mirror and the Light Tickets

23 Sep 2021 - 28 Nov 2021

Mirror and the Light Information

Following the hugely successful theatrical adaptations of Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the third part of her award-winning trilogy about Henry VIII's advisor Thomas Cromwell is coming to the West End. Don't miss out on the thrilling conclusion to this epic story: The Mirror and the Light tickets at Gielgud Theatre are now available on London Theatre.

Mantel's compelling account of Cromwell's rise to power amid the political machinations of the Tudor court began back in 2009, with the publication of Wolf Hall. The critically acclaimed work won the Man Booker Prize, as did follow-up Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. A dramatic version seemed inevitable, and we subsequently got two: one on TV, starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy, and another on stage, adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The latter began in Stratford-upon-Avon and then transferred to the West End and Broadway.

Now, that tale is completed with The Mirror and the Light West End production, once again starring Ben Miles as Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker (who previously won an Olivier Award for the role) as Henry VIII. Jeremy Herrin also returns to direct, and the Olivier and Tony Award-winning designer Christopher Oram will once again craft that opulent 16th-century world.

In The Mirror and the Light play, we'll see the king willing his third wife Jane Seymour to produce a male heir, while Cromwell tries to hold onto his lofty position as enemies prepare to attack from all sides.

While Mike Poulton previously adapted Mantel's work for stage, for this third and final outing it's Ben Miles who has collaborated with the author on a theatrical version, bringing his great insight into the character he's inhabited to The Mirror and the Light London production. Mantel has said that theatre is actually the best medium for historical drama, because it feels like a fresh story every night, and reminds us that nothing is fixed: anything can happen.

Tickets for The Mirror and the Light are available now. Make sure you catch this right royal drama: book The Mirror and Light tickets today.

Important COVID Entry Requirements


You are required to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue.

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Run time

2 Hours 30 Minutes (inc. Interval)

Opening date

September 23rd, 2021

Closing date

November 28th, 2021

Booking from

September 23rd, 2021

Booking until

November 28th, 2021


Gielgud Theatre


The final part of the Wolf Hall trilogy brings Henry VIII's antics to the West End stage

Cast and creative

By: Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles
Songs by: Stephen Warbeck
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Cast list: Ben Miles, Nathaniel Parker, Nicholas Boulton, Matt Pidgeon, Giles Taylor, Rosanna Adams, Paul Adeyefa, Melissa Allan, Aurora Burghart, Ian Drysdale, Jo Herbert, Terique Jarrett, Jordan Kouamé, Geoffrey Lumb, Olivia Marcus, Umi Myers, Liam Smith, Tony Turner, Leo Wan, Nicholas Woodeson, Samuel Awoyo, Andrew Hodges, Niamh James and Nicholas Tizzard.
Design: Christopher Oram
Lighting: Jessica Hung Han Yun
Sound: Nick Powell

Our review

Photo credit: Ben Miles in The Mirror and the Light (Photo by Marc Brenner)

In Hilary Mantel's 2020 novel The Mirror and The Light, the conclusion of her epic trilogy fictionalising the rise and fall of Tudor courtier Thomas Cromwell, the final stages of the story draw together what has up to that point been a sprawling and sometimes disjointed-feeling narrative into a whole that coheres only in hindsight — ours, and Cromwell's. Now that it's all done, we can see the missed opportunities, overlooked hints, the signs the wind was changing. The 2021 stage adaptation of...

Latest Mirror and the Light News & Features

Photo credit: The Mirror and the Light (Photo by Marc Brenner)

In a statement from Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Mirror and the Light will close at the Gielgud Theatre next month. Instead of performances running to 23 January, The Mirror and the Light will now run to 28 November, and not perform an extension. If you have booked tickets for The Mirror and the Light performances from 28 November, our guest services team will be in contact with you. In the statement, producers have said: "Over recent days, it has become clear that...

Photo credit: Nathaniel Parker and Ben Miles in The Mirror and the Light (Photo by Helen Maybanks)

Nathaniel Parker could well classify as the British theatre's leading history boy - or shall we say man. He played the onetime prime minister Gordon Brown on the West End in The Audience; was the former speaker of the House of Commons, Jack Weatherill, in James Graham's This House; and has spent the better part of a decade living on and off with the character of Henry VIII in the various stage versions of Hilary Mantel's trio of novels about Thomas Cromwell and Tudor England: Wolf Hall, Bring up...

Photo credit: The Mirror and the Light cast in rehearsals (Photo courtesy of Bread and Butter PR)

Ahead of The Mirror and the Light world premiere opening later this month, an extended booking period has been announced. The Mirror and the Light will now run for an additional eight weeks, and is at the Gielgud Theatre from 23 September to 23 January, with The Mirror and the Light tickets on sale now.The Mirror and the Light explores the political career of Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII's court, while Jane Seymour is trying to give the Tudor monarch an heir. The Mirror and the Light is the...

Photo credit: Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall (Photo by Keith Pattison)Photo credit: Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall (Photo by Keith Pattison)

Further casting for the upcoming stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light has been revealed, ahead of a West End world premiere. The Mirror and the Light is at the Gielgud Theatre from 23 September, and The Mirror and the Light tickets are on sale now.Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker reprise their acclaimed roles as Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII respectively. They're joined by three cast members who reprise their roles from Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies: Nicholas Boulton...

Photo credit: Ben Miles in Wolf Hall (Photo by Johan Persson)

The Mirror and the Light will receive its West End premiere later this year, completing Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy of works presented on stage. The Mirror and the Light is at the Gielgud Theatre from 23 September - 28 November.Set in Tudor England, Henry VIII is relying on his third wife, Jane Seymour for a male heir. At the same time, Thomas Cromwell is rising in the ranks. But, Cromwell must be ready for enemies to attack at any moment.Ben Miles will reprise the role of Thomas Cromwell,...

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