Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2
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Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2

Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2 NYC Reviews and Tickets

(55 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing

About the Show

Following rave reviews in the UK, the Royal Shakespeare Company brings this compelling two-part story of Thomas Cromwell's rise from blacksmith's boy to Henry VIII's chief fixer to Broadway.

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50 Reviews | 20 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Brilliant adaptation of hilary mantel's historical fiction. You get into the heads of thomas cromwell, henry viii, and historical figures

Don't see it if It closed! If you don't like theater, esp drama, skip it.

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to see an epic play with great dialog, great acting, and great drama.

Don't see it if You can not sat through a long play and are not willing to see both long parts. You do not like drama.

240 Reviews | 68 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You are interested in history, or like plots that are complicated and involve lots of backstabbing.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for a six-hour play or are not interested in history.

84 Reviews | 37 Followers
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if love history and want to get insight into Cromwell, Henry vII's puppeteer. Brilliant writing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with a lot of historical details.

78 Reviews | 20 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you're looking for a great all-day theatre experience.

Don't see it if you don't like history and don't like seeing two shows in one day (though you can see them separately).

280 Reviews | 54 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Original

See it if you want to witness masterful acting and intelligent insights into politics and human behavior

Don't see it if you need a show that's short!! or unchallenging. This thing is about nothing less than power and the birth of modern England.

149 Reviews | 48 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if You love historical plays that totally captivate and transport you to another time and place.

Don't see it if You only like modern day dramas.

173 Reviews | 46 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want strong acting, enjoy period pieces, & like political & emotional intensity.

Don't see it if you're tired of Henry VIII, want something fast-paced, or have a short attention span.

Critic Reviews (61)

The New York Times
April 10th, 2015

"For the tastiest dish in town, you need to visit the Tudors of 'Wolf Hall,' the riveting two-part theater drama...The stage version is strictly for fun. That may sound like a weak recommendation to those who wear their brows high. But being fun in period costume for nearly five-and-a-half hours of live theater is no mean achievement. This was my third visit to 'Wolf Hall' and I found myself just as much in its thrall, and even more admiring of its accomplishment."
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Time Out New York
April 9th, 2015

"The Royal Shakespeare Company’s triumphant, blockbuster adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor-history novels...as much as the fact-crammed pageantry of 'Wolf Hall' maintains admirable clarity and pacing, it often lacks the sudden burst of lyricism or philosophical depth you find in the Bard. I’d have taken more poetry over plot... Still, as a fast-paced political thriller, it is fiendishly engaging."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 9th, 2015

"Part 1 begins with a dance: a court entertainment that introduces some of the major players and themes. The ensuing drama, directed by Jeremy Herrin as tautly as possible, is interspersed with jousts, hunts, investitures, pantos, and — especially in part two — executions...For all its insights, this is not the kind of play that offers much psychology...The stage production is more of a pageant, visually beautiful but a little flat...mostly what we have is an extremely elegant Tudor soap opera."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 9th, 2015

"Majestic in scope if slightly reductive in execution...While it might fall short of the pantheon of all-time great stage events, 'Wolf Hall' is nonetheless an impressive feat, a compelling drama played out across the canvas of a nation soaked in rain and mud and blood...This version might be simplified and light on psychology, it's accessible and consistently engrossing."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 9th, 2015

"It’s worth every minute...The Royal Shakespeare Company’s outstanding production does justice to the revered Hilary Mantel novels while also offering its own intriguing spin on the oft-retold historical drama...'Wolf Hall' is remarkably efficient in streamlining the Mantel novels down to their most exciting essence, making the play’s pace seem much swifter than six hours. The immensely talented actors manage to make every backroom deal, courtier spat, and royal tantrum fully enjoyable."
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April 4th, 2015

"There’s nothing bookish about the highly theatrical approach taken in director Jeremy Herrin’s lucidly told, handsomely staged and emotionally charged production. In fact, it’s not bookish enough...Just when you expect the drama to move into deeper and darker political territory, it shrivels up and becomes what a lot of American kids took away from high-school history class — the salacious story of a horny king who chopped off his wives’ heads whenever he wanted a new bride."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 9th, 2015

"I haven’t read either of the much-praised novels, nor am I a scholar of 16th-century England. I can, however, assure you that Mr. Poulton’s 51/2 -hour stage version of “Wolf Hall,” is competent but dullish, a procession of short, choppy scenes in which nobody ever says anything more memorable than “Bring up the bodies!” The acting is as devoid of sparkle as the script...“Wolf Hall” is not without merit...But stick it out to the end and you’ll likely wish you’d rented “A Man for All Seasons” instead."
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New York Post
April 9th, 2015

"The bad news is that the two plays that make up “Wolf Hall” will set you back six hours. Even worse is that they feel even longer. It’s amazing that a story jampacked with lust, betrayal, greed and violence can be so...dull. As well-acted, grandly staged and beautifully lit as it is, the show still manages to be tedious...That said, director Jeremy Herrin’s production looks smashing, especially the vast, mostly empty stage, framed by giant, brutalist-style concrete walls."
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