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Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2

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Members say: 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. More…

Thomas Cromwell is a lawyer, family man and master politician, with a unique talent for courtly intrigue. He sees his rise as the right-hand man of Cardinal Wolsey. But managing to sidestep the other man's fall from grace is just the beginning for his personal agenda, which will take him into the very heart of power as adviser to Henry VIII and change the course of British history forever. These twisting and darkly comic show is a heady rumination on ambition, revenge and power.

6h 0m | Already closed | Winter Garden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing
82
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Slow, Long, Uneven acting, Unfulfilled potential

See it if you love Masterpiece Theater. WH has a majesty, but it wasn't engrossing. Prior historical knowledge was necessary, given the large cast.

Don't see it if you demand great performances. BMiles was disappointing as Cromwell. Direction was stiff. The six hour investment didn't yield the payoff.

Also I'm catching up on reviews of shows I saw. I wanted to love Wolf Hall,... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful

See it if you like historical and period pieces. Superb acting. Riveting even though you know the ending.

Don't see it if don;t like slower paced shows

65
Great acting, Slow, Decent, Boring at times, Intense

See it if You are a fan of period pieces and the subject matter.

Don't see it if You aren't too familiar with the subject matter, at times it can be hard to follow and slow.

80
Epic, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Pleasantly surprising

See it if the thought of who gets to define religion and why is fascinating to you (Part 1 in particular).

Don't see it if 5 hours of a play is overwhelming to you.

84
Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing, Epic, Overrated

See it if You're very interested in British royalty and politics from earlier eras.

Don't see it if You can't stand history plays.

79
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you enjoy the Tutor period and masterful acting

Don't see it if you want a modern play; both parts on one day is a lot for anyone

78
Clever, Intelligent, Overrated, Slow, Witty

See it if you're a Britphile, like the more boring offerings of Masterpiece Theatre, have 6 hours to kill, or have a massive crush on Nathaniel Parker

Don't see it if any of the above doesn't describe you.

95
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
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if enjoy historical stories that take place during the Tudor time period. This production had a wonderful cast.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy historical timepieces or are looking for a lighthearted show.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if you like history, intrigue and disaster.

Don't see it if you find historical drama boring.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy excellent Shakespeare productions

Don't see it if you don't like very long plays - I saw both parts in one day

75
Ambitious, Hard to follow, Historical, Limited appeal, Retread

See it if You are addicted to Tudor history in any form

Don't see it if You didn't read the books or know the history of Henry the VIII, otherwise who's who and what's going on will confuse you hopelessly

93
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.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are fascinated by English history, or more specifically the Tudor era.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

90
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.

50
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you're really into English history.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with English history.

76
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Resonant

See it if If you like Shakespeare but are looking for something a little more acessible. You like British history. Costumes, staging were intelligent.

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with a huge story and cast. Must concentrate, it's a lot to follow. You're brand new to the history of the period.

78
Intelligent, Well-paced, Unimaginative, Skillful

See it if you like binge-watching Masterpiece Theater.

Don't see it if you want epic passion, insight, and theatricality at a 5 hour show.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Classic, Compelling

See it if if you have lots of time, patience, and appreciate history and costumed theatre. Was worth it.

Don't see it if You have no patience.

90
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.

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Masterful

See it if you are familiar with Wolf Hall from television and desire to see the saga live.

Don't see it if you like shows that take place in modern day and aren't up for both parts.

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you like sprawling historical dramas.

Don't see it if you hate costume drama.

96
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.

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you love Tudor history. Great, accurate costumes. Fabulous English actors. Some great directing/staging choices for a spare set.

Don't see it if Part II is definitely weaker. Ambitious, but too much story crammed in. Cradle dance!?!

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you enjoy the history of the Tudors; seeing only Part 1 would have been enough; exquisite acting and character development

Don't see it if you cannot sit through long history plays


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 ...
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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 h...
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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, ...
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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 sim...
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