Hilary Mantel’s legendary works of historical fiction lived on screen and stage as well as on page.
That Wolf Hall The author died on Thursday (September 22), prompting mourning and tributes from around the literary world.
Mantel was interested in the idea of adapting his work for the screen and in 2017 gave one of the Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4 on adapting works for stage and screen.
When it came to her 1998 book The giant, O’BrienSet in the 1780s and based on the real life of Charles Byrne’s “Freak Show” exhibition, Mantel adapted it himself.
The author turned the book into a play for BBC Radio 4, in which Alex Norton played the role of Scottish surgeon John Hunter. Frances Tomelty also starred.
Wolf HallMantel’s most famous book, was published in 2009 to critical acclaim and great success.
A sequel entitled Bring up the bodiesand third book, titled The mirror and the lightfollowed in 2012 and 2020 respectively.
In 2015, the BBC adapted the first two Wolf Hall trilogy novels into a six-part series starring Mark Rylance as Cromwell, Damien Lewis as Henry VIII and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn.
Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce, Tom Holland and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also starred in the series.
All three books were also directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Wolf Hall parts one and two was a double bill based on the first two books while The mirror and the light received its own adaptation last year.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/hilary-mantel-books-adapted-tv-theatre-b2173847.html Death of Hilary Mantel: Which Wolf Hall Author’s Books Have Been Adapted for TV and Theater?