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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

Full Episode: Henry V

Watch the full film adaptation of Henry V from The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays series. Henry V (Tom Hiddleston) has the makings of a fine king. The French ambassador brings a challenge from the French Dauphin. Inspired by his courtiers, Henry swears that he will, with all force, answer this challenge. The Chorus (John Hurt) […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Full Episode: Henry IV, Part 2

Watch Part 2 of the film adaptation of Henry IV from The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays series. The frail Henry IV (Jeremy Irons) is finally reconciled to his son, Hal, before his death. When Hal (Tom Hiddleston) comes to the throne as Henry V, he is left to bury the ghosts of his father’s […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Full Episode: Henry IV, Part 1

Watch Part I of the film adaptation of Henry IV from The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays series. 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. The heir to the throne, Prince Hal […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Full Episode: Richard II

Watch the full film adaptation of Richard II from The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays series. The story of a king who loses his crown stars actor Ben Whishaw in the title role. Short Synopsis: KING RICHARD (Ben Whishaw) is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin HENRY BOLINGBROKE and THOMAS MOWBRAY. RICHARD […]

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. […]