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West End The Mirror and the Light play has premiered!

Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light novel adaptation has come to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre . This is the play's world premiere, the novel having been released in March 2020. Mantel’s novel is the third instalment of the award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy about historical figure Thomas Cromwell who served as chief minister to Henry VIII. Book your tickets for The Mirror and the Light early to secure the best available seats.

About The Mirror and the Light

Producers Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company have announced the world premiere of the final novel of the Wolf Hall trilogy has been adapted for the West End stage. The world premiere will begin performances 23 September 2021, with an opening night on 6 October and will run for a strictly limited run until 28 November 2021. The previous instalments Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies were Olivier and Tony Award-winning productions, that sold out their runs in London in 2014 and received huge acclaim. Tickets for The Mirror and the Light are expected to sell just as fast so don’t hesitate in booking as soon as possible!

The Mirror and the Light is a historical novel by Dame Hilary Mantel and is adapted for the stage by Mantel and Ben Miles. The novel follows Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, as the third instalment in the trilogy. The trilogy follows the story of King Henry VIII’s head minister in court Thomas Cromwell. The final book tells the story of the last four years of his life, from 1536 up to 1540 when he died. It begins with the execution of Anne Boleyn up until his own execution.

What is the plot of The Mirror and the Light?

The Mirror and the Light follows Cromwell’s rise and fall and sees the historical figure's journey complete. From self-made man to one of the most influential and feared figures of the time. Be prepared to be immersed in the world of the Tudors and the intoxicating senses of 16th century England. See Cromwell in a light like never before in Mantel’s intriguing tale, that conjures intrigue into the complexities of courtly politics. Discover all sides of the man, the politician, fixer, husband, father and subject, who defies and defines the time.

The Mirror and the Light cast and creative

Ben Miles will reprise his role as Thomas Cromwell and will be joined by Nathaniel Parker who resumes his Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated role of Henry VIII. Ben Miles theatre credits include The Lehman Trilogy in both New York and the West End, Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre) and Richard II (Old Vic). Miles is also known for his tv appearances in The Crown, The Hollow Crown and The Trial of Christine Keeler. He has also appeared in a number of films which include Ninja Assassin, V for Vendetta and Imagine Me and You.

Nathaniel Parker has extensive credits in theatre, tv and film. Some of his other most popular theatre roles include An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), This House (Garrick Theatre) and The Audience (Gielgud Theatre). His television credits include Merlin, Grantchester, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and most recently La Templanza. His film credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Stardust, Othello and The Bodyguard.

The play was adapted for the stage by Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles. The Mirror and the Light will be directed by Jeremy Herrin who was nominated for an Olivier Award for the first two productions. There will be scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram, who won Olivier and Tony Awards for the previous productions, and music by Stephen Warbeck.

Additional Information

Age restriction

Under 3s will not be admitted.

Running time

2hr 35min (including interval)

Performance dates

23 September 2021 - 28 November 2021

Special notes

Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. You may not bring food or drink purchased elsewhere.


As capacity restrictions are lifted, we ask that all audience members bring with them proof of double-vaccination, a recent negative lateral flow test or natural immunity.

Simple ways to demonstrate proof include the NHS COVID Pass, NHS COVID-19 test notification, or an internationally recognised equivalent

As a courtesy to each other and to help us provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone, please: • Wear a face covering out of consideration for those around you. • Do not come to the theatre if you feel unwell, have any coronavirus symptoms or have been told to self-isolate. Email our customer service team and we'll do everything we can to exchange your tickets. • Use the hand-sanitiser available at the theatre. • Be mindful of others and their space, where possible, particularly when moving around the theatre. • Only bring one small bag that can be stored under your seat, as our cloakrooms are not currently available. • Bring a contactless payment card, as our theatres are cashless. For everyone's safety and security, we: • Deliver an enhanced level of cleaning throughout our theatres. • Provide 100% fresh air through our ventilation system. • Carry out contact-free security checks. • Cannot accept cast gifts or arrange opportunities for cast autographs or photos.


Audio-Described performance: Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 7.30pm. Captioned Performance Thursday 11 November 2021 at 7.30pm

Venue Information

Gielgud TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1V 8AR

Special Offer

The Mirror and the Light Ticket Offer Details

PAY NO FEES Valid for all performances. Excluding all Saturday matinee and Saturday 27 November evening performance. Book by 14 November 2021