Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel visits Hever Castle

As Wolf Hall on Broadway prepares to open, Dame Hilary Mantel, prize winning author of Wolf Hall, visits Hever Castle, home of Anne Boleyn.

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As the acclaimed BBC Two six-part series draws to a close, Man Booker Prize winner and author of the original Wolf Hall books, Dame Hilary Mantel, visited Hever Castle on Sunday 15th February to film promotional footage for the upcoming Wolf Hall on Broadway.

Hilary met with Hever Castle Curator, Anna Spender, and chatted about Anne Boleyn’s relationship with Henry VIII and her time at the castle. The pair discussed Anne’s love/hate relationship with Hever, being banished to the castle in her early twenties after her affair with Henry Percy. Later Anne sought refuge at Hever from the gossip surrounding her relationship with Henry VIII at court, and it provided a sanctuary to recover from the sweating sickness in 1528.

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After meeting with the author, Anna said, “it was a pleasure to meet Hilary Mantel and spend some time discussing all things Tudor. It was an absolute delight to chat about the characters that have such large personalities in her books, and to share my passion for Hever Castle.”

Once edited, this footage will be shown on YouTube and the Wolf Hall on Broadway website, before the play hits the US Stage on 20 March 2015. Wolf Hall on Broadway is a Royal Shakespeare Company production adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin.

The BBC2 adaptation of Wolf Hall is currently showing at 9pm on Wednesday evenings.

Find out more about the history of Hever Castle.

 

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Written by Flora Hughes-Onslow // 19th February 2015

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