About the Miniseries

Following the huge international success of the four-part miniseries The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses will continue the epic saga with three more lavish film adaptations: Parts I and II of Henry VI and Richard III. Together, they tell the story of The Wars of the Roses, a medieval spectacle spanning rebellion in France, the rise and fall of Joan of Arc, the terror of England’s Civil War, and the deceitful dynastic murders culminating in the infamous reign of Richard III. As with The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses features a cast of today’s leading actors in a bravura collection of Shakespearean roles. Judi Dench plays Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Richard III. Sophie Okonedo portrays Queen Margaret in all three films. Hugh Bonneville plays Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Sally Hawkins is his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI Part I. Keeley Hawes plays Queen Elizabeth in Henry VI, Part II and Richard III, and Tom Sturridge portrays Henry VI in both Parts I and II.

GP at the Met: Turandot

About the Opera

Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liù and Marco Berti as Calàf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular 1987 production.

Hamilton’s America

About the Documentary

HAMILTON’S AMERICA is currently in production by Academy Award® and Emmy®-Winning producers RadicalMedia (What Happened Miss Simone?, Keith Richards: Under The Influence, In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams for PBS). The documentary combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New […]

About Great Performances

Now entering its 43rd season on PBS, GREAT PERFORMANCES is America’s preeminent performing arts television series, showcasing a diverse range of performing arts specials from around the world. Since its premiere in 1972, GREAT PERFORMANCES has presented an international roster of renowned artists and performing art companies of all genres. From new productions of timeless […]

Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn

Concert Preview

The legendary Barbra Streisand gives a homecoming concert in Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on Great Performances Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival (check local listings). Streisand is joined by Chris Botti, Il Volo, and son Jason Gould for two hours of hits, including nine songs […]

Great Performances 40th Anniversary Brochure

GREAT PERFORMANCES 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION In celebration of the series’ 40th anniversary, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosts an all-star homecoming on the stage of the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Through performance and remembrance, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES means to them as America’s only ongoing primetime […]

Letter from Executive Producer David Horn

For the past 40 years, GREAT PERFORMANCES has been proud to bring you arts programming that has moved and inspired you. The pioneering primetime performing arts series first premiered on public television stations on November 4, 1972, with a broadcast production of the Landford Wilson play, The Rimers of Eldritch, starring a promising up-and-coming actress […]

Sting: The Last Ship

Full Episode

Sting: The Last Ship will air on Great Performances, Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9 p.m., ET on PBS (check local listings) and features the 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician performing songs from his new album, The Last Ship, and forthcoming play of the same name in an intimate evening of music and storytelling live at […]