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The cast has been officially announced for the upcoming play adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light. Full details are below in the press release from the producers.

Producers Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company have announced final full casting for The Mirror and the Light in the West End. The third and final novel in the Wolf Hall trilogy has been adapted for the West End stage by Dame Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles. Jeremy Herrin, who was nominated for an Olivier Award, a Tony Award and won the Evening Standard Award for the first two productions, returns to direct. The world premiere will run at the Gielgud Theatre from Thursday 23rd September for a strictly limited season until Sunday 28th November, with an Opening Night on Wednesday 6th October. Tickets are now on sale at themirrorandthelight.co.uk. New images have also been released featuring the cast in the rehearsal room along with exclusive images from a trip the company made to the Tower of London. A new trailer for the show has also been revealed today.

New names added to the cast are: Melissa Allan (Princess Mary), Samuel Awoyo (Ensemble), Ian Drysdale (French Ambassador), Jo Herbert (Lady Rochford), Andrew Hodges (Ensemble), Niamh James (Ensemble), Umi Myers (Helen Sadler / Dorothea Wolsey), Liam Smith (Walter Cromwell) and Nicholas Tizzard (Ensemble).

They will join the previously announced returning cast members Ben Miles (Cromwell), Nathaniel Parker (Henry VIII), Nicholas Boulton (Duke of Suffolk), Matt Pidgeon (Stephen Gardiner) and Giles Taylor (Archbishop Cranmer) and new to the trilogy: Rosanna Adams (Anna of Cleves), Paul Adeyefa (Christophe), Aurora Burghart (Elizabeth Seymour), Terique Jarrett (Gregory Cromwell), Jordan Kouamé (Rafe Sadler), Geoffrey Lumb (Thomas Wriothesley), Olivia Marcus (Jane Seymour) Tony Turner  (Kingston), Leo Wan (Richard Riche) and Nicholas Woodeson (Duke of Norfolk). 

Seven members of the company are making their West End debuts, three of which are also making their professional debuts: Melissa Allan, Olivia Marcus, Umi Myers, Niamh James – with professional debuts for Rosanna Adams, Jordan Kouame and Samuel Awoyo.

The play is the concluding chapter of Mantel’s multi award-winning novels about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, all commissioned and developed for the stage by Playful Productions. The acclaimed Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were hailed as landmark and must-see theatrical events and sold out their London runs in 2014 after premiering at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Mantel recently received the prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for The Mirror and the Light, which she also won for Wolf Hall in 2010. Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009, and Bring Up the Bodies won in 2012, making Mantel the first woman ever to have received the award twice. Bring Up the Bodies also won the Costa Novel Award, the first time the same novel has won both this and the Man Booker. 

The trilogy charts the riveting rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the ruthless court of Henry VIII.

England, 1536. Anne Boleyn’s fate has been sealed by the executioner. Jane Seymour must deliver King Henry a healthy heir. And to the disgust of Henry’s nobles, Thomas Cromwell continues his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside his master. But Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.

The further you climb, the harder you fall.

The production features scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram who won both Olivier and Tony Awards for his work on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, music by Stephen Warbeck,  with sound design by Nick Powell, movement direction by EJ Boyle and casting by Helena Palmer CDG.

Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell)
Theatre credits include: The Lehman Trilogy (also Park Avenue Armory, New York and West End); Sunset at the Villa Thalia, The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds, Mary Stuart, Macbeth, Trelawny of the Wells, Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre); Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies (Tony Award nomination, Broadway and West End); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company); Love Love Love, My Child (Royal Court Theatre); Measure for Measure, The Tower (Almeida Theatre); The Norman Conquests (also Broadway), Richard II (Old Vic); Hand in Hand to the Promised Land (Hampstead Theatre); The Miser (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Young Vic); The Tempest, Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre). Television credits include: The Trial of Christine Keeler, The Capture, Devils, The Romanoffs, The Last Post, The Crown, The Hollow Crown, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Zen, The Promise, Trial and Retribution, Sea of Souls, After Thomas, Under the Greenwood Tree, Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, A Thing Called Love, Prime Suspect, The Forsythe Saga and Cold Feet. Film credits include: Red Joan, The Catcher was a Spy, Woman in Gold, Five Years, Ninja Assassin, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta and Imagine Me and You.

Nathaniel Parker (Henry VIII)
Theatre credits include: Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (Stratford, Aldwych, Broadway. Olivier Award Winner, Tony, What’s On Stage and Drama League nominee); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville); This House (Garrick); The Audience (Gielgud); Quartermaine’s Terms (UK Tour); Speed The Plow (Duke Of York’s); 50 Revolutions (Oxford Stage Company), The Merchant of Venice (Phoenix & Broadway); Romeo and Juliet (Young Vic); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Storm, Every Man In His Humour, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II and The Rover (all for the RSC). Television credits include: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Of Kings And Prophets, The Outcast, Me And Mrs Jones, Still Life, Merlin, Injustice, A Confession, Grantchester, Lewis, Land Girls, Hotel Babylon, A Class Apart, Nuremberg, Bleak House, Pretending To Be Judith, Trust, McCallum, Vanity Fair, Far From The Madding Crowd, Death On Everest, David, Wizards, A Village Affair, Dangerous Games, Heroes, The Black Candle, Without Walls, The Vision Thing, Awayday, Look At It This Way, Absolute Hell, Poirot, Never Come Back, Inspector Morse and Piece Of Cake. He can currently be seen in Amazon’s La Templanza and will next be seen in Scott Free and New Regency’s The Beast Must Die alongside Jared Harris. Film credits include: Swimming With Men, Ophelia, Swords & Sceptres, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, Miss Irena’s Children, The Perfect Host, Malice In Wonderland, Flawless, Stardust, Fade To Black, Annabel Lee (also Producer), Haunted Mansion, Lover’s Prayer, Beverly Hills Ninja, Othello, Unsigned, The Bodyguard, Indian Warrior, Wide Sargasso Sea, Hamlet and War Requiem. He will next be seen in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel alongside Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jodie Comer. 

Rosanna Adams (Anna of Cleves)
Rosanna is a 2020 graduate of the Oxford School of Drama. This is her professional debut.

Paul Adeyefa (Christophe)
Theatre credits include: Women Beware Women (The Globe); A Midsummer Nights Dream (The Bridge Theatre); The Dark Room (Theatre 503); The Window/Blank pages (Pleasance Theatre/Mingled Yarn); Result (Sketty); Henry VI: Play of Thrones (Union Theatre); The Duchess of Malfi (The Dryden Society); Doctor Faustus (The Marlowe Society); Angels in America – Part One – Millennium and A Street Car Names Desire (CUADC). Television credits include: Bancroft; The Bay; A Scottish Soldier; Good Omens; Ransom; DCI Banks; Cucumber. Film credits include: Chubby Funny.

Melissa Allan (Princess Mary)
Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic); Twelfth Night (Young Vic) Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, tour and National Theatre).

Samuel Awoyo (Ensemble)

Samuel trained at LAMDA. Theatre credits include: Anthony in Double Tree (Intermission Youth Theatre). Film includes: Small City.

Nicholas Boulton​ (Duke Of Suffolk)
Theatre credits include: Pato in The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Hull Truck/Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Imperium Parts I & II (Gielgud); Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies (RSC/West End); Henry V (RSC); The Prince and the Pauper (Unicorn); Private Lives, Restoration, Hysteria, The Double Inconstancy and An Ideal Husband (Salisbury Playhouse); Mirandolina (Royal Exchange); The Taming of the Shrew (national tour); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Platonov (Almeida); M. Butterfly (Singapore Rep); She Stoops to Conquer (Northcott, Exeter); After the Rain (Gate); Arcadia (Haymarket); Antonio’s Revenge (Chelsea Arts). Television credits include: Cursed, Benidorm, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Hustle, Doctors, Doc Martin, Jonathan Creek, Atilla – Warriors, Doctor Who, Firma, Broken News, Heartbeat, Life Begins, The Infinite World of HG Wells, Sword of Honour, Wonderful You, Kavanagh QC. Film credits include: Queen Maria of Romania, Seven, 6 DaysAbominable Snowman, Deadly Descent, Arn: the Knight Templar, The Kovak Box, Topsy-Turvy, Shakespeare in Love. Radio credits include: Sword of Honour, Antony and Cleopatra, The Seagull, King Lear.

Aurora Burghart (Elizabeth Seymour)
Aurora is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). This is her West End debut. Television credits include: The Stranger and October Faction (Netflix) and There She Goes (BBC Two).

Ian Drysdale (French Ambassador)

Theatre credits include: Holfbauer in The Visit (National Theatre); Max Fabian in All About Eve (Noel Coward Theatre); Jake Latta in The Night of the Iguana (Noel Coward Theatre; Director in Network (Royal National Theatre); Barrington in Ross (Chichester Festival Theatre); Duke of Cambridge and Constable of France in Henry V (Michael Grandage Company); Scrivener, Rivers and Blunt in Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe); Valentine, Priest and U/S Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe); Tiresias in Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Playhouse); Administrative Aide and U/S Gromov in Blood and Gifts (Royal National Theatre); Osric in Hamlet (Wyndham’s Theatre); Sea Captain and Priest in Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s Theatre); Anasim in Ivanov (Wyndham’s Theatre); J P Morgan and Glover in On the Waterfront (Nottingham Playhouse); Sgt Davey, Mr Johnson and American Officer in Rough Crossings (Headlong); John Lincoln in Thomas More (Royal Shakespeare Company); Barnardo in Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company); 1st murder and Siward  in Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company); Villager in Brand (Royal Shakespeare Company); Camididus in Anthony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company); Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company); Browning in The Camp (the Tobacco Factory); Titus in Tear From A Glass Eye (the Gate Theatre); Hector Berlioz in Idee Fixe (Bristol Old Vic Theatre); Peter in Blue Remembered Hills (Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre). Television credits include: Sitting in Limbo, Casualty, Deep State, Harlots, Cider with Rosie, Doc Martin, Atlantic, The Royals, Southcliffe, Material Girl, The Verdict, Silver River, The Story of English, Time Gentlemen Please and The Bill. Film credits include: My Policeman, Supernova, Genius, Suffragette, Tulip Fever and Size Matters. 

Jo Herbert (Lady Rochford)

Theatre credits include: Alithea in The Country Wife (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Marya Yefimovna Grekova in Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre); Ethel Bartlett in For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre); Rose King in 3 Winters (The National theatre); Sarah Kleinman in East of Berlin (Southwark Playhouse); Heloise in Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe Tour); Miss Proserpine in Candida (Theatre Royal Bath), Juliet Stone in Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre); Lady Maria Amaranth in Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic); Aisha in Does My Society Look Big In this?  (Bristol Old Vic); Lisette in The Game of Love & Chance (Salisbury Playhouse), Adriana in Comedy of Errors (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Helena in The Faerie Queen (International Tour); Una in Blackbird (Salisbury Theatre); Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Sister Claire in Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester Festival); Lottie in This Night Forward (Southwark Playhouse); Clare in Broken Theory (Soho theatre); Beatrice – Joanna in The Changeling (Sam Wannamaker Festival, Globe Theatre). Television credits include: Call the Midwife, Unforgotten, The Crown, Loaded, Josh, Home Fires, Casualty 1909 , Lewis and Holby City. Film credits include: Misbehaviour.

Andrew Hodges (Ensemble)

Theatre credits include: U/S Shakespeare, Burbage and Dr Hall in the Upstart Crow (Gielgud Theatre); Sgt. Thunder in War Horse (Lyttleton Theatre); Fluellen and Bishop of Ely in Henry V (UK Cathedral Tour); Black in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Man 2 in The 39 Steps (UK tour); Red in the Complete History of Comedy (Abridged); Man 2 in the 39 steps (Criterion Theatre), Macbeth, Benvolio and Antonio in Shakespearience. Television credits include: Britain’s Tudor Treasure: a Night at Hampton court, Iraq: The Bloody Circus Ident and Da gym. Film credits include: The Padley Martyrs, Maverick Blues, A certain sense of wonderment, Magdelane Project, Soliloquy and Desperate Measures. 

Niamh James (Ensemble)
Niamh trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits inlcude: The Weatherman (Park Theatre). Niamh is delighted to be making her West End debut.

Terique Jarrett (Gregory Cromwell)
Theatre credits include: Our Town (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre); Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre).  Television credits include: Moon Night and  Find me in Paris.

Jordan Kouamé (Rafe Sadler)
Theatre credits include Common (National Theatre). Jordan has just graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). This is his professional debut since graduating.

Geoffrey Lumb (Thomas Wriothesley)
Theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Tobacco Factory/Wilton’s); Tartuffe (National Theatre); This House (National Theatre tour); King Charles III (UK tour and Sydney Australia); Much Ado About Nothing (Lamb Players); Macbeth and Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre Company); Prophesy and Macbeth  (Baz Theatre Productions); Chekhov in Hell (Soho Theatre/Drum Plymouth); Romeo and Juliet (US tour); His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Rendition Monologues (Bridewell Theatre/Queen Elizabeth Hall); The Changeling (ETT); Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, King John, The Taming of The Shrew, The American Pilot, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troilus and Cressida, Vice Versa and Coriolanus (RSC); Hansel & Gretel (Northampton Theatre Royal); Twelfth Night (ETT). Television credits include: Vera, Holby City, 24: Live Another Day, Doctors, Hollyoaks, Luther, Europe’s Secret Armies. Film credits include: Paddington 2.

Olivia Marcus (Jane Seymour)
Theatre credits includeEverything Must Go – R&D (These Girls Theatre); The Wolf of Wall Street (Hartshorn-Hook Productions); Predrinks/Afterparty (Mack and Salt); Lord of the Flies (Theatr Clwyd/Sherman Theatre); Nobody (Theare Uncut: Cardiff). Television and radio credits includeSath Lets Flats, Kate & Koji, Arden of Faversham (BBC Radio 3).

Umi Myers (Helen Sadler / Dorothea Wolsey)

Theatre credits include: Moon-Stained (Theatre Stratford East). The Mirror and the Light is Umi’s West End debut.

Matthew Pidgeon (Eustache Chapuys)
Theatre credits include: Bitter Wheat (Garrick); Local Hero (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); This House (National Theatre/ Chichester/ Garrick/ UK tour); Salome (RSC); The James Plays (National Theatre of Scotland, UK and world tour); Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (RSC/West End/Broadway); Edward II (National Theatre); Midsummer (Traverse Theatre, UK and world tour); Much Ado About Nothing and The Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Realism and Caledonia (National Theatre of Scotland); The Lying Kind (Royal Court). Television credits include: Life After Life, Crime, Casualty, Holby City, Taggart, Rockface, Fiona’s Story. Film credits include: Daphne, A Shot at Glory, State and Main, The Winslow Boy.

Liam Smith (Walter Cromwell)

Liam trained at Mountview Theatre School and Rose Bruford College. Theatre credits include: We’re Staying Right Here (Park 90), Judith: A Parting From The Body/12th Battle Of Isonzo (Arcola), Seagulls/Every 20 Mins (Bridewell), More No Still (Print Room), Air Around Us and Hacked (Theatre 503), The Poet, The Lover & The Lunatic (NPG), Old Times, The Winterling, Waiting For Godot, Dracula and Knives In Hens (Theatre By The Lake), Woyzeck (Omnibus), Eugenie Grandet/Peep (Edinburgh Festival), Ghosts and Journey’s End (Greenwich Theatre), Screaming In Advance (The Wrestling School & Print Room), Laburnum Grove and Through the Night (Finborough), Henry V (Theatre Delicatessen), Blok/Eko (Wrestling School & Exeter Northcott), Oliver Twisted, Robin Hood and Sleeping Beauty (Tabernacle), Prose & Cons (Union Theatre), Guns Or Butter and The Premature Burial (Sticking Place), All Men Are Whores (Rosemary Branch), Dinner (West End/ National tour), Song Of The Frogs (Polka Theatre), Urban Stories (Theatre Lab), The Golem (Tricycle), Charlotte Bronte Goes To Europe (Shaw Theatre), Hatful Of Rain (Wire) and The Rover (Bloomsbury)Workshops include: Genesis/Young Vic, Wrestling School, Harold Pinter, Complicite, Piesn Kozla. Television credits include: That Dirty Black Bag (Palomar/Bron Studios), Trigonometry (House Prods), Casualty, Doctors, Cuffs, Uncle and Holby City (BBC), The Feed (Studio Lambert/Amazon), Fearless (Mammoth), Prime Suspect 1973 (NoHO/ITV), Brighton Trunk Murder Maps (UKTV), 50 Ways To Kill Your Lover (Discovery), Hollyoaks, Sirens (Channel 4) Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic) and Man For Hire (HBO)Film credits include: Land’s End, The Wyrd, Happiness, End Of Love, Telstar and Cass.

Giles Taylor (Archbishop Cranmer)
Theatre credits include: Witness For The Prosecution (West End); Wonderland (Nottingham/Northern Stage); Shakespeare in Love (UK tour); King Charles III (UK tour & Sydney); This House (National Theatre/West End/Chichester Festival Theatre); Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Talk of the City (RSC); Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies (RSC, West End, Broadway); An Ideal Husband, The Way of the World, The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); After The Dance (National Theatre); Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, (Birmingham Rep); The Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep); Blithe Spirit (Nottingham Playhouse); Waste (Almeida Theatre); Othello, Relative Values (Salisbury Playhouse); Longitude (Greenwich Theatre); The Duchess of Malfi (New Victoria, Stoke); Macbeth, Lady Be Good, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, HMS Pinafore, Much Ado About Nothing, The Pirates of Penzance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Neville’s Island, Dreams from a Summer House (Watermill Theatre, Newbury); Whenever (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); Summer Lightning, Dangerous Corner (Royal Theatre, Northampton).

Television and film credits include: Tom and Viv, Orlando, Victoria, The Musketeers, Mr Selfridge, Foyle’s War, Stuart: A Life Backwards, Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles, Sentenced, Karaoke, Wycliffe, Lindsay Anderson’s Is That All There Is?, Scarlet and Black and The Princess Switch.

Nicholas Tizzard (Ensemble)

Theatre credits include:  Cabaret (National and international tour); Emma (National tour); West Side Story (Kilworth House); The Borrowers (New Vic, Stoke); Cabaret (Savoy Theatre and National tour); Translations (Ireland tour); Friend or Foe (Mercury, Colchester); The Man with the Luggage (Trestle Theatre); War Horse (New London Theatre); Coram Boy (National Theatre); Once in a Lifetime (National Theatre) The UN Inspector (National Theatre); The London Merchant (National Theatre); Much Ado About  Nothing (National Theatre) Dangerous Corner (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Bleak House (New Vic, Stoke); Cinderella (Warwick Arts Centre, a Lyric Hammersmith production); Jamaica Inn (New Vic, Stoke); Martin Chuzzlewit (Belgrade, Coventry); Bouncers (Belgrade, Coventry); Lysistrata (Battersea Arts Centre);  Intimate Death and Une Tempete (Gate, London); Catch the Pigeon (Old Red Lion, London); Measure for Measure (English Touring Theatre); The Art of Success (Man in the Moon); Caledonian Road (White Bear); Comedy of Errors and Sons and Lovers (Livespace); Bottling Out Beanstalk (Channel Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Channel Theatre); No Way Out and Can’t pay? Won’t Pay! (national tour) and Live Bed Show (Garrick, London). Television credits inlcude: Doc Martin; Drifters; Granchester; Emmerdale; Switch; New Tricks; Vexed; Doctors; EastEnders; Holby City; Mike Bassett: Manager; Wire in the Blood; Grange Hill; Men Only; Border Café

Play Listing Information

Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis & Nick Salmon for Playful Productions, and the Royal Shakespeare Company present
Hilary Mantel’s


Adapted by Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 6AR

First preview: 23rd September 2021
Press Night: 6th October 2021
Final Performance: 28th November 2021
Performance times: Tues – Sat 19.30; Wed, Sat and Sun also at 14.30 Running time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval

Audio described performance: Tuesday 9th November, 19.30 Captioned performance: Thursday 11th November, 19.30 Groups and schools rates available.

Tickets from: £17.50 (including booking fee)
150 tickets per performance will be available at £32.50 or under (including £2.50 booking fee)

Book online: themirrorandthelight.co.uk

Phone: 0844 482 5151

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