Leanda De-Lisle

The Thomas Cromwell plays would be stronger if they made him weaker 

Mike Poulton's stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are a triumph — but he needs to build sympathy for the bodies in Bodies

Both menacing and warm: Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell [Getty Images/iStock/Shutterstock/Alamy]
Three things you might not expect of the RSC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor novels. First, Mike Poulton’s plays have some great jokes. Laugh-your-head-off funny, you might say. Second, although Tom, Dick and Mary tell me they found Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies a more enjoyable read, Wolf Hall is the better play.

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