Jeremy Herrin

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Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies

Nominated: Oliver Award, Best Director
Writer Mike Poulton Starring
  • Nicholas Boulton
  • Paul Jesson
  • Lydia Leonard
  • Ben Miles
    RSC Stratford upon Avon, Aldwych Theatre
    A new RSC dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, directed by Jeremy Herrin and assistant directed by Joe Murphy, opened at the Swan Theatre on 11 December 2013. Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies transferred to the West End in June 2014. Both plays will transfer to Broadway in 2015.

    Set in 1527, the plays tell the story of Thomas Cromwell's rapid and ruthless rise to power, as he enters the court of Henry VIII during the king's increasingly desperate attempts to produce a male heir and to annul his failed marriage.
    Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies
    Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies

    On Bring Up the Bodies: I am not the only one who left this double day, after six hours and two plays, saying that if Hilary Mantel had yet written the third – and Poulton and Herrin presented it - we would willingly have stayed till dawn. Libby Purves

    the unflagging power and fascination of Jeremy Herrin's fleet, incisively acted production... a double-bill that must surely have a long life beyond Stratford. Paul Taylor
    The Independent

    splendidly entertaining and deeply touching... Jeremy Herrin’s fleet staging, with gorgeous costumes and a raft of strong supporting performances grips almost throughout Charles Spencer
    The Telegraph

    Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies, Swan Theatre, Stratford
    a bold, unforgettable lesson in history and politics. Dominic Maxwell
    The Times
    Full Review

    On Wolf Hall: The adaptation is served by a very strong production from Jeremy Herrin. He brings a simplicity and fluidity to the staging which serves the fast moving action very well. Simon Tavener

    On Bring Up the Bodies: Jeremy Herrin's assured direction is characterized by his clarity of focus and the elegant simplicity of the staging... I believe Poulton, Herrin and Hilary Mantel have produced something quite special here. Simon Tavener

    Superb!... A gripping, brutal tale Quentin Letts
    The Daily Mail

    I'd be amazed if such a great new work, bubbling with so much energy and quality, is not transferred to London. Peter Rhodes
    Express & Star

    two epic three-hour plays that, in Jeremy Herrin's RSC production, make for a gripping piece of narrative theatre... [his] production propels the action forward with superb economy Michael Billington
    The Guardian

    On Wolf Hall: I was enraptured... Herrin’s stagings, with never a sense of rush, makes pictures speak thousand words Libby Purves

    Jeremy Herrin’s account of the two plays... has a taut intelligence, and a subtle awareness of the parallels between Tudor times and our own Jane Shilling
    The Telegraph

    director Jeremy Herrin bring to the familiar tale of doomed wives and religious convulsion a thrilling originality of psychology and storytelling Mark Lawson
    The Guardian

    The illuminated cross and ghostly revenants are simple, brilliant tactics, typical of Jeremy Herrin’s nimble, fluid and enthralling staging, that convey the reach of Hilary Mantel’s great novels, as well as the rough and tumble Sarah Hemming
    Financial Times
    Full Review

    Wolf Hall,’ the Stage Version, Untangles Tudor History With Relish

    Mr. Herrin and Mr. Poulton craftily use the narrative urgency and immediacy of live theater to turn audiences into pleasurably guilty confidants. 

    Ben Brantley
    The New York Times

    Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two

    Herrin uses moments of pageantry sparingly, making them all the more effective

    David Rooney
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Clever, cool 'Wolf Hall' on Broadway is addictive

    Directed with blistering pace and guile by Jeremy Herrin

    Mark Kennedy
    Bennington Banner