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Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall plays in the West End

15 May 2014 Last updated at 22:51 BST

The stage versions of Hilary Mantel's historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are having a limited season in the West End.

Set in Tudor England, they tell of Thomas Cromwell, the commoner-turned-politician who became King Henry VIII's right-hand man.

The plays, which each last three hours and star Ben Miles as Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker as Henry, have enjoyed sell-out success in Stratford.

Hilary Mantel and director Jeremy Herrin spoke to Brenda Emmanus about the productions.

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