|Audition Notice||Wolf Hall||
by Hilary Mantel, adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton
Dan Usztan joined the Tower Theatre in 2012 and is an Assistant Artistic
Director. His acting roles for the Tower include One Round in The Ladykillers last year and before that Alan in Time and the
Conways, Donald in The Habit of Art, Bobby in Coyote on a Fence, Gerry
in Dancing at Lughnasa and Dennis in Loot. He directed Road at the
Bridewell Theatre and One Man, Two Guvnors and After The Dance Upstairs at
the Gatehouse. A Literary Agent by day, Dan has also appeared on
Mastermind, 15 to 1, Blockbusters and University Challenge.
The director writes :
England 1527. The battle for the soul of a nation begins.
After twenty years of marriage to Katherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII is desperate for a male heir. Keen to divorce his Queen and seek a wife who will give him a son, he cannot defy the law of the land and the will of God. Enter Thomas Cromwell - son of a blacksmith, political genius, briber, charmer, bully. A man who will defy princes, lords and popes to make the impossible happen for Henry. With Cromwell by his side, Henry pursues the young noblewoman Anne Boleyn and ignites a course of action that threatens to tear Europe apart.
This epic adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker prize-winning novel was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013 before transferring to the West End and Broadway.
The characters are :
The cast stands at roughly 30 parts - depending on the size of our company actors may double up some parts.
Please read the play before auditioning to get a sense of the size of the roles and who you may like to audition as - copies are available from the
Ages are only a guideline (but they are the lower limit!).
Henry VIII (male, 35+) : The King of England. Deeply religious, desperately needs a son. Not yet a tyrant.
Stephen Gardiner (male, 40+) : Later Bishop of Winchester. Somewhat slimy. Keeps crossing paths with Cromwell.
Thomas Cromwell (male, 40+) : The centre of the play. Son of a blacksmith rising to be Henry's loyal advisor. A man who gets things done. You wouldn't cross him.
Cardinal Wolsey (male 50+) : Also from humble beginnings. A practical statesman, infuriated with Henry.
Mark Smeaton (male 20+) : A musician who finds himself in many different households. Young, handsome, charming.
Rafe Sadler (male 14+; could be played by a male actor who looks young, or a female actor playing a boy) : A boy in Crowell's household. Trusted by Cromwell and often by his side.
Liz Cromwell (female, 40+) : Runs the household. Kind. A real spark of love and attraction between her and Thomas.
Thomas More (male, 40+) : Strongly opposed to Reformation. Deeply religious. Calm and terrifying in equal measure.
Thomas Boleyn (male, 40+) : Anne's father. A smooth talking diplomat.
George Boleyn (male, 20+) : Anne's brother. A brat.
Jane Rochford (female, 20+) : Anne's sister. Resents her sister.
Harry Percy (male, 20+) : Another rich brat. Claims to be in a relationship with Anne.
Anne Boleyn (female, 20+) : Henry's second wife. Educated in France. Chic. Confident. Utterly alone.
Queen Katherine (female, 40+) : Cast aside. Full of dignity and religion. Wronged by Henry. Powerful.
Eustace Chapuys (male, 30+) : French Ambassador. On Katherine's side.
Gregory Cromwell (male, 14+; could be played by a male actor who looks young, or a female actor playing a boy) : Cromwell's son. Assists his father's business.
Duke of Suffolk (male 60+) : A blustering old aristocrat.
Duke of Norfolk (male 60+) : Another blustering old aristocrat.
Thomas Wyatt (male 30+) : A young nobleman.
Sir Henry Norris (male 20+) : A young nobleman
Mary Boleyn (female, 20+) : Previously Henry's mistress. An ally of sorts to Cromwell.
Jane Seymour (female 20+) : A minor noblewoman who will become Henry's third wife. A little oblivious.
Archbishop Warham (male, 60+) : The ailing Archbishop of Canterbury. Sleepy, but with tremendous dignity.
Thomas Cranmer (male 30+) : Annuls Henry's marriage to Katherine and marries Henry and Anne. A political archbishop.
Francis Weston (male 20+) : A young courtier
William Brereton (male 30+) : A nobleman
Princess Mary (female 20+) : Daughter of Henry and Katherine. Devoted to her mother.
French Ambassador (male or female, 40+) : A French Ambassador