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The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Shakespeare Uncovered: Richard II

You may my glories and my state depose, but not my griefs; still am I king of those. Derek Jacobi looks at Richard II and returns to a role he played 30 years ago: the story of a king who loses his crown. Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal […]

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

Synopsis: Henry IV Part 2

Short Synopsis In the aftermath of the Battle of Shrewsbury, NORTHUMBERLAND learns of the death of his son. THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE attempts, on behalf of the increasingly frail King, to separate FALSTAFF from PRINCE HAL. The rebels continue to plot insurrection. FALSTAFF is sent to recruit soldiers and takes his leave of his mistress, […]

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

Synopsis: Richard II

Short Synopsis KING RICHARD is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin HENRY BOLINGBROKE and THOMAS MOWBRAY. RICHARD calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. RICHARD visits JOHN OF GAUNT, BOLINGBROKE’s Father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the King. […]

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 […]

Gp at the Met: The Tempest

Simon Keenlyside in “The Tempest”

A performance by Simon Keenlyside from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by English composer Thomas Adès. “Great Performances at the Met: The Tempest” airs Sunday, March 17 at 12 pm on PBS (check local listings).

Gp at the Met: The Tempest

Isabel Leonard and Alek Shrader in “The Tempest”

A performance by Isabel Leonard and Alek Shrader from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by English composer Thomas Adès. Great Performances at the Met: The Tempest airs Sunday, March 17 at 12 pm on PBS (check local listings).