Cheap Bringing Up The Bodies tickets at the Aldwych Theatre
Hilary Mantelʼs prize-winning novels about the rise of Thomas Cromwell through the ranks of British poiltics to the right hand of Henry VIII have been hailed as a landmark in British culture. Mike Poultonʼs thrilling stage adaptations, directed by Jeremy Herrin and enthusiastically supported by Mantel herself, opened to rave reviews in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Now these 'rich and riveting' (Mail on Sunday) plays of power, passion and politics in Henry's court transfer to the Aldwych Theatre for a strictly limited London season.
Bring Up The Bodies is the second part of Mantel's Cromwell series (she's presently working on the third) and its events follow on directly from those of Wolf Hall. Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry's side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position.
When the King begins to fall in love with the seemingly plain Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions.
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Aldwych Theatre Seat Plan
Choose your seats from the plan of the Aldwych Theatre above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:
The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.
The Aldwych Theatre is situated on the corner of Drury Lane in the West End of London, close to Charing Cross tube station. Built in 1905, in its early years this 1176 seat venue became the first British theatre to stage a play by Anton Chekhov.
The very first production at the Aldwych Theatre was Blue Bell, a version of the pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland which took place in December 1905. Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable West End theatre’s stage during its long history are A Streetcar Named Desire, The Devils, The Balcony, Travesties, An Inspector Calls and Whistle Down The Wind.
Today, the Aldwych Theatre enjoys consistent success and is internationally renowned for the quality of both the musicals and straight dramas it stages.
The Aldwych Theatre presented a series of farces during the 1920s which have gone down in history as ‘The Aldwych Farces’. They included A Cuckoo in the Nest, Rookery Nook, Plunder and A Cup of Kindness.
Between 1960 – 1982 the theatre became the main London venue for productions by the RSC. Productions during this time included The Greeks, Nicholas Nickleby and War of the Roses.
During the 1960s and 1970s the theatre hosted the annual World Theatre Season, which consisted of foreign plays performed in their original productions.
A number of truly seminal performances have taken place at the Aldwych Theatre, not least the 1949 London production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois, a performance she later immortalised on screen opposite Marlon Brando. The play was directed by her husband, Laurence Olivier.
The layout, size and atmosphere of the Aldwych Theatre make it a wonderful place to see musical theatre, plays and stand-up comedy. Recent successes include Fame-The Musical, Dirty Dancing, Midnight Tango and Top Hat.
Whatever you decide to see at the Aldwych Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.
Venue Address: 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DFView Map
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