Thursday, 15 May 2014

Bring Up The Bodies

Still absolutely shattered after a wonderful night at the theatre last night.You realise that you are getting older when you fail to bounce back as easily as you once did.

My husband and I have both really enjoyed Man Booker prize winner Hilary Mantel and her novels - "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies".  These books are very demanding in terms of concentration and detail - we were very curious as to how anyone could condense these heavy volumes into a 2 x 3 hour plays.  So with some trepidation we booked to see both of these titles - as demand was so high we couldn't get into Stratford but did get tickets for the transfer to London's Aldwych. Even so we had to compromise in terms of the order and saw "Bring Up The Bodies" last night and will see "Wolf Hall" in June.

Great performance by all - amazing how the actors could remember their lines, such a challenging and lengthy roles. Thomas Cromwell, adviser to Henry VIII  in the guise of Ben Miles was superb - so credible and understated. Henry was played by Nathaniel parker who is not one of my favourites but played the King very well. A very enjoyable night and look forward to seeing Wolf Hall!

Maybe if we want to encourage the love of our history in the youth of today we should encourage interest in the Arts and this form of portrayal!