Henry V

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

Clip: Henry V

In this excerpt from Shakespeare’s Henry V, the king (Tom Hiddleston) rallies his English troops prior to battle with the French. Second only to Hamlet’s “to be or not to be,”  Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day speech at Agincourt is one of the most famous monologues in English literature. Henry V, the final installment of […]

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

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 V

Short Synopsis HENRY V has settled onto the throne and has the makings of a fine King. The French AMBASSADOR brings a challenge from the FRENCH DAUPHIN. Inspired by his courtiers, including EXETER and YORK, HENRY swears that he will, with all force, answer this challenge. The Chorus tells of England’s preparations for war and […]

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 […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Cast Biographies

Cast Biographies: The Kings Ben Whishaw – Richard II Ben Whishaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating spring 2003. After graduation, he appeared in Enduring Love, a film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel directed by Roger Michel, and Layer Cake, a feature directed by Matthew Vaughan. In 2003, he starred in the […]