Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton discuss putting Wolf Hall on stage for the RSC

3rd January 2014

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The multi-award-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies joins the experienced theatre adapter to discuss the process of bringing 1,000-odd pages of detailed historical fiction, charting the rise of Thomas Cromwell and the fate of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, to the RSC stage. Recorded at the Royal Shakespeare Company, 28 November 2013.

The whole of it is in my head. I just have to remember to tell people what I can see, and that’s not as easy as it sounds because it exists on all sorts of levels – from the top level down to the tiniest detail, as to what’s written on a piece of paper on someone’s desk, and I have to think, Well, is that the appropriate thing to be saying now?