Henry IV

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Screen Actors Guild Nomination for Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons earned a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination for his role in The Hollow Crown, which Great Performances broadcast earlier this fall. Irons was recognized for his role as Henry IV in the miniseries. “It was a real pleasure to play Henry IV on film surrounded by such a strong cast; and for Richard […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Shakespeare and the Divine Right of Kings

Go behind-the-scenes of the gripping new film adaptations of Shakespeare’s History Plays: The Hollow Crown. This featurette on the making-of the series brings you even closer to the action with exclusive interviews with the directors and actors of the highly acclaimed films.

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Educator’s Guide

In support of the GREAT PERFORMANCES telecast, WNET is distributing 30,000 copies of a The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays poster & teachers’ guide to schools nationwide, which will assist educators in utilizing the PBS broadcast in the classroom. This activity-based analysis of the plays (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Clip: Henry IV Part 2

Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston) mourns the death of his father, King Henry IV (Jeremy Irons), and is forced to confront the weight of his new responsibility. Henry IV Part 2, the third installment of “The Hollow Crown,” premieres Friday, October 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Infographics: Shakespeare’s Game of the Hollow Crown

Using Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 as your map, follow the history of rebellion in turn of the 15th century England and the successive stories of three kings: Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Richard II (Click on the image to enlarge) Henry IV, Part 1 (Click […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Clip: Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV’s reign is marred by his own guilt over Richard’s death, civil war, and the gnawing fear that his son Hal is a total wastrel unworthy of the throne. In this scene from the Shakespeare history play, Henry IV (Jeremy Irons) lectures his son, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), on his poor and unprincelike conduct. […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Shakespeare Uncovered: Henry IV and V

He will give the devil his due. Jeremy Irons researches Shakespeare’s history plays as well as the differences between the real history and the father-son drama that Shakespeare creates. Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts Derek Jacobi and Jeremy Irons to tell the stories […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Synopsis: Henry IV Part 1

Short Synopsis The heir to the throne, PRINCE HAL, defies his father, KING HENRY, by spending his time at MISTRESS QUICKLY’s tavern in the company of the dissolute FALSTAFF and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by HAL’s rival, HOTSPUR, his father NORTHUMBERLAND and his uncle WORCESTER. In the face of […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

About the Series

The Hollow Crownis a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays; Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V on THIRTEEN’s GREAT PERFORMANCESbeginning Friday, September 20 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings.) The films – chronicling a bloody tale of family, politics and […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Crew Biographies

Pippa Harris – Executive Producer Pippa Harris established Neal Street Productions in 2003, alongside Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, and runs the company’s Film and TV division. Since the formation of Neal Street Productions, Pippa has produced Starter for Ten (2006) starring James MacAvoy and Rebecca Hall, Stuart A Life Backwards (2007) for the BBC/HBO […]