Henry VIII in focus on the stage and small screen in 2015

Henry VIII in focus on the stage and small screen in 2015

A 'Wolf Hall' double whammy

This month, Henry VIII fans will not be disappointed as 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies', the best-selling books by Hilary Mantel about the British king's reign will be adapted for both the stage and the small screen…

The Royal Shakespeare Company of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall Part One & Two will soon be hitting Broadway and will consist of two different plays, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies – both adapted by Mike Poulton and Jeremy Herrin.

The plays will tell the tale of Anne Boleyn and the deceit, betrayal and intrigue in the court of Henry VIII. However, if you cant find tickets to the Broadway productions and would prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home, the BBC is producing a six-part miniseries, Wolf Hall, with Homeland's Damian Lewis playing the role of King Henry and Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, set to air later this month.

Eton-educated actor, Lewis, said he found a new admiration towards the 16th British King, "I think we all have this understanding that he was this womanising, syphilitic, bloated, genocidal Elvis character. And actually the truth is, though it might be an odd thing to mention, he had a 32-inch waist and he remained that way for quite a long time," he said.

Take a look at the new BBC Wolf Hall trailer below: