Wolf Hall & Bring up the Bodies - Reading and Audition Notice

Readings:                   Wolf Hall - Sun 6th Jan 2019, 6.00 pm, Foyer
                                     Bring up the Bodies - Sun 13th Jan 2019, 6.00 pm, Foyer

Audition:                     Sun 3rd Feb 2019, 2.00 pm, Coward
Performance Dates:  Sat 22nd June – Fri 28th June 2019 (Auditorium)

Wolf Hall & Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, adapted by Mike Poulton
Directed by Sally Halsey

Adapted from the two novels of the same name by Hilary Mantel, these two stand-alone plays were originally produced by the RSC in 2013 and transferred to the West End in 2014.  To date, we are the only company (professional or amateur) other than the RSC to attempt performing both plays together.

WOLF HALL:   England in 1527.  Henry VIII has been King for 20 years and is desperate for a male heir.  Cardinal Wolsey cannot deliver the divorce he craves from Katherine of Aragon. For a man with the right talents this crisis could be an opportunity.  In Wolsey’s household is Thomas Cromwell, a commoner who will stop at nothing to realise his own ambitions and secure the King’s desires

BRING UP THE BODIES:  The volatile Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her career seemingly intertwined with that of Thomas Cromwell.  But when the King begins to fall in love with Jane Seymour, the ever-pragmatic Cromwell must negotiate within an increasingly perilous Court to satisfy Henry, defend the nation and above all to secure his own rise in the world.

Both plays will be performed over the course of one week.  Each production will be performed on the Saturday and Sunday, followed by a day off on the Monday and then alternating performances for the rest of the week.  Contrary to popular belief, the plays are full of humour as well as the obligatory Tudor darkness and they’re written in a conversational style that makes them easy to follow and very accessible to the audience. The plays are self-contained so our audiences do not need to see them both.

The Readings
As these are stand-alone plays, we will be holding a reading for each. Both will be in the Foyer at 6.00 pm:
Wolf Hall – Sunday 6th January
Bring up the Bodies – Sunday 13th January

Sunday 3rd February in the Coward Room. We will start at 2.00 pm and expect to finish the first round by 5.30 pm. We will then have a break so that we can continue into the evening with a re-call second round at 6.00 pm.

The plays have a large cast and all actors will appear in both productions.  Most will have more than one character to play and some will have three or four. Key figures such as Cromwell, Henry and Anne will remain constant throughout.  There are LOTS of meaty roles for actors of all ages and both sexes and despite there being a dominance of male roles, the female roles are all significant and interesting.

Cast of Characters

• Thomas Cromwell
• Liz Crowell / Mary Boleyn / Mary Shelton
• Cardinal Archbishop Thomas Wolsey / Archbishop Wareham / Old Sir John Seymour / Sir William Kingston
• King Henry VIII
• Anne Boleyn
• Katherine of Aragon / Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford
• Princess Mary / Elizabeth, Lady Worcester / Jane Seymour
• Stephen Gardiner / Eustace Chapuys
• Thomas Cranmer / Sir Thomas Boleyn / French Ambassador
• Thomas More / Sir Henry Norris
• Rafe Sadler
• Harry Percy / Sir William Brereton
• Christophe / Francis Weston
• Thomas Howard, The Duke of Norfolk
• Charles Brandon, The Duke of Suffolk
• Mark Smeaton
• George Boleyn, Lord Rochford / Edward Seymour
• Thomas Wyatt / Headsman
• Gregory Cromwell
• Calais Executioner
• Wolsey’s Servant / Barge Master
• Marjorie Seymour / Lady-in-waiting / Maid
• Ensemble – Servants, Monks, Dancers, Lords, Ladies, Bishops, Guards

We have already started to assemble our production team and are very pleased to have on board some of the very best technical and backstage support that TTC has to offer. However, there is going to be lots to do and plenty of opportunities to be involved so if you’d like to join the team - in any capacity - please do let us know.

Sally Halsey - Director
Lottie Walker – Production Manager
Joolz Connery – Assistant Director

Contact Details:  To get in touch with the director before the Reading/Audition, please use the Contact page of this website and your message will be forwarded.

NOTE:   We have an open casting policy:  anyone can audition for our productions and, if cast, will then be required to join as a Full Member.

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