Hilary Mantel has cast actor Ben Miles to narrate the W F Howes audiobooks of her Wolf Hall trilogy, revealing he helped shape final volume The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate).
Miles starred as Thomas Cromwell in the RSC‘s Stratford performances of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies back in 2014, going on to New York where he was nominated for a Tony Award.
He will now read an unabridged audio version of the final instalment, to be released on 5th March, followed by new recordings of the first two books.
Mantel explained: "Having played Thomas Cromwell on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, in the West End and on Broadway, Ben understands the main character from the inside. His insights from the rehearsal room helped shape the story. He is familiar with how all the characters grow, from first page to last. His voice is as close as can be to the voice that’s in my head as I write."
Alongside his work on the Mantel stories, Miles has also starred as Peter Townsend in "The Crown" and as John Profumo in the major new BBC series "The Trial Of Christine Keeler".
He said: "It is always a thrill to visit the world created by Hilary and walk alongside Thomas Cromwell, but it is a particular delight to revisit Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies as narrator of these wonderful stories for the audiobook versions. Reading aloud The Mirror And The Light to complete the trilogy is such a rare privilege: It is a monumental final act, and to be a part of its genesis and future life is nothing short of an honour."
Dominic White, head of publishing and commerce at W F Howes, added: "We are thrilled to be releasing Hilary’s Man Booker-winning titles and unveiling the first audio edition of her long-awaited third title, The Mirror and the Light. We were keen to create a single narrative voice across all three audio editions that would fully immerse listeners in the full glory of her writing—from beginning to end—and to get listeners even closer to some of the most monumental characters in English history."