The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Cast Interview: Stanley Townsend as Warwick

Could you summarize your character? My character Warwick is a warrior but also a politician, so there’s a fantastic combination at play for me, in that I get to do all the fighting but I get to be political as well. Warwick switches sides in these stories. It’s a fantastic thing that Shakespeare has written. […]

Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company

About Shakespeare Live!

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, The Royal Shakespeare Company hosted a glittering jubilee party with an all-star cast. Shakespeare Live! — celebrating the international legacy of Shakespeare in all the performing arts, including opera, ballet, hip hop, blues, jazz and musical theater, from The Bard’s hometown of […]

Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company

Spotlight on Shakespeare

The acclaimed PBS miniseries, featuring lavish film versions of Shakespeare’s history plays, returns to THIRTEEN this month for a second season, The Wars of the Roses. Filmed in locations around the UK, it picks up the story with Henry VI (Sun 11th and 18th, 9 p.m.) and Richard III (Sun 25th, 9 p.m.).  The starry […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

The Arrest of the Duchess | Henry VI, Part 1

The Duchess of Gloucester, wife of the Duke of Gloucester, believes that she has the right to the throne. She is arrested after hiring a witch to summon spirits and ask about the future of Henry VI’s reign. Gloucester grieves her arrest, but states that he cannot control the law. The Duke is released from […]

Landmarks Live in Concert

About the Series

New Arts Strand Landmarks Live In Concert Debuts on Great Performances with Grammy Award-Winning Singer Alicia Keys Friday, January 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS; hosted By Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. “Landmarks” will offer series of performance specials with Brad Paisley and others to be announced Also featuring special lifestyle segments with MTV […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

About Richard III

At Westminster, Richard speaks about his deformity, the decadence of his brother Edward’s Court, and the nature of his evil plots. After Richard’s subtle urgings, George is arrested during a birthday feast for young Prince Edward and is led away to the Tower. Soon after, King Edward is taken ill and collapses. With Catesby’s help, […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

About Henry VI, Part 2

After victory at the Battle of St Alban’s, Plantagenet and the Yorkists ride to London to claim the throne. Henry VI negotiates with them to keep the Crown for his lifetime but it will revert to the House of York on his death, so disinheriting his and Margaret’s son Prince Edward. Margaret is outraged, disowns […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

About Henry VI, Part 1

Henry V is dead, and against the backdrop of Wars in France the English nobles are beginning to quarrel. News of defeat at Orleans reaches the Duke of Gloucester, the Lord Protector, and other nobles in England. Henry VI, still an infant, is proclaimed King. Seventeen years later the rivalries at Court have intensified; Gloucester […]

We’re grateful for: Our Viewers and the Arts

Here at Great Performances, we’re grateful for viewers like you. Thank you for your continued support. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite dance performances and concerts to share. Have a happy and arts-filled Thanksgiving! American Voices with Renée Fleming Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to […]


Everything’s Coming Up Gypsy: Fun Facts About Gypsy Rose Lee

by Elisa Lichtenbaum, Senior Writer, WNET Curtain up! Light the lights! London’s hit production of Gypsy is coming to Great Performances on Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m., as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The critically acclaimed West End production features Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Rose, Lara Pulver as Louise, and Peter […]