Arts > Power in the telling

23 January 2014 | by Mark Lawson

Power in the telling

As film critics reflect on the prospect that Steve McQueen may become the first person ever to win both the Turner Prize and the Oscar for Best Director, Hilary Mantel might be on course to become the only novelist whose ­stories have claimed Olivier and Tony Awards as well as Man Booker Prizes.The first two-thirds of her trilogy about Henry VIII’s fixer Thomas Cromwell – Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which claimed Britain’s premier literary trophy in 2009 and 2012 – have now been adapted by Mike Poulton (who acknowledges considerable input from Mantel) as a pair of three-hour plays, which have just been premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. The tickets there sold out almost immediately and the presence, at the pe


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