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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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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).