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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

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

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

Richard II

Richard II is a vain, self-indulgent man who rules with little regard for his people’s welfare. He is ultimately overthrown by his cousin Bolingbroke, who ascends the throne as Henry IV (Jeremy Irons). In this scene from the Shakespeare history play, King Richard (Ben Whishaw) relinquishes the crown to Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear). Richard II, […]

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 […]