Tom Hiddleston

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

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

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

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

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 […]