Wolf Hall Costumes Come To Barley Hall

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Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall.

Adapted from the international bestseller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII.

Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation. Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriage leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome.

Cromwell’s rise and fall was swift, with his execution taking place on the day of Henry’s wedding to his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, so experience the majesty of six of the costumes used in the series and make yourself at home at Barley Hall.

Wolf Hall Comes to York runs from September 2016 to March 2018

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Mark Rylance's costume from Wolf Hall comes to YorkThomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance)
From Wolf Hall (2015), BBC, UK
Costume Design by Joanna Eatwell

Mark Rylance was rightly fêted for his steely performance as the brilliant but historically-maligned chief advisor to Henry VIII in the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novels. Rylance has long been known for his theatre work, particularly as the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, but his film and television appearances have also won him critical acclaim and awards, winning the Television Bafta for Wolf Hall and the Film Bafta and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bridge of Spies, all in 2015. He is often named by other performers as their favourite actor.

 

Claire Foy's costume from Wolf Hall comes to YorkAnne Boleyn (Claire Foy
From Wolf Hall (2015), BBC, UK
Costume Design by Joanna Eatwell

Claire Foy is no stranger to costume dramas, having had previous starring roles in other lavish BBC productions such as the highly-acclaimed Little Dorrit and The Night Watch. As Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall, Foy has been praised for her sophisticated and magnetic approach to a figure defined by her relationship to the King.

Sumptuous costumes of silk and velvet were painstakingly recreated using original Tudor techniques for Foy’s character, with light colours and lavish patterns being chosen to highlight the contrast between Anne and the stately Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife.

 

Joanne Whalley's costume from Wolf Hall comes to YorkKatherine of Aragon (Joanne Whalley)
From Wolf Hall (2015), BBC, UK
Costume Design by Joanna Eatwell

Joanne Whalley has had numerous television credits throughout her career, including several prominent roles in costume dramas such as Mary I in The Virgin Queen and Vannozza dei Cattanei in the Showtime historical drama The Borgias.

Her role as Katherine of Aragon in Wolf Hall sees the actress play the intelligent and devout queen after over 20 years of marriage to Henry VIII during the events surrounding his pursuit of one of her ladies-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn.

 

 

Bernard Hill's costume from Wolf Hall comes to YorkThe Duke of Norfolk (Bernard Hill)
From Wolf Hall (2015), BBC, UK
Costume Design by Joanna Eatwell

A crucial figure at the court of Henry VIII, Thomas Howard, the 3rd Duke of Norfolk, has been portrayed several times on film. As uncle to both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Norfolk played a major role in the arrangements of their marriages to Henry VIII as a means to maintaining his political influence.

Bernard Hill is well-known for a variety of dramatic and historical roles, getting his start in the 1980s TV drama Boys from the Blackstuff and going on to star in such high-profile films as Titanic and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

 

Jessica Raine's costume from Wolf Hall comes to YorkJane Boleyn (Jessica Raine)
From Wolf Hall (2015), BBC, UK
Costume Design by Joanna Eatwell

Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was the wife of George, brother of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Jane was a member of the household of Katherine of Aragon, and served as a lady in waiting to her sister-in-law, as well as Henry’s third, fourth and fifth wives.

Jessica Raine is best known for playing midwife Jenny Lee in the BBC drama Call the Midwife and has appeared in a variety of other television and theatre roles.

 

 

Mark Gatiss' costume from Wolf Hall comes to YorkStephen Gardiner (Mark Gatiss)
From Wolf Hall (2015), BBC, UK
Costume Design by Joanna Eatwell

Less well known than some of the more flamboyant figures in the Court of Henry VIII, Stephen Gardiner was nevertheless a highly competent diplomat and advisor. Serving as secretary to Thomas Wolsey, he was part of the diplomatic team sent to Europe to solve the king’s ‘Great Matter’ and distinguished himself early on.

Mark Gatiss is a versatile performer with acting, writing and comedic successes under his belt, most recently acclaimed for his work on the BBC series Sherlock, which he co-created.