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 […]


Let Me Entertain You – Baby June and Her Newsboys

Baby June (Scarlet Roche) and company perform “Baby June and Her Newsboys.” Jonathan Kent’s award-winning production of the classic musical Gypsy – a record-breaking sellout during its acclaimed London run – comes to THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS on the PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Check local listings.)

Hamilton’s America

Hamilton’s America: Full Film

Hamilton’s America, the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton – winner of 11 Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize – explodes onto THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, as the season premiere of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Hamilton’s America

The Room Where it Happens

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr in Hamilton) visit “the room where it happened.” Former Secretaries of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson discuss Alexander Hamilton’s famous discussion with James Madison and Thomas Jefferson about his financial plan. Hamilton’s America, the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens […]

Hamilton’s America

Hamilton in :60 His Legacy

Alexander Hamilton was shot and killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. From monuments and historic sites, to our currency and banking system, Hamilton’s legacy lives on many forms. Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, Hamilton, this founding father has once again taken center stage. Read the transcript The morning of July 11, […]