The Stolen Shakespeare Festival "The Tudors" presents Shakespeare's Henry VIII and Hilary Mantel's adaptation of Wolf Hall.
Henry VIII is one of Shakespeare's final plays, a political thriller based on the power struggle between the Tudor court and the eponymous king's ambitious first minister, Cardinal Wolsey. Though famous in its own time as the most extravagant of the playwright's creations, the work is hardly performed today; The SSG is proud to present this exciting and rarely performed work.
Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell novels are the most formidable literary achievements of recent times, both recipients of the Man Booker Prize. Adapted by Mike Poulton, Wolf Hall begins in England in 1527. Henry has been King for almost twenty years and is desperate for a male heir; but Cardinal Wolsey cannot deliver the divorce he craves. Yet for a man with the right talents, this crisis could be an opportunity. Thomas Cromwell is a commoner who has risen in Wolsey's household―and he will stop at nothing to secure the King's desires and advance his own ambitions.
Henry VIII performed:
Wolf Hall performed: