We’re excited to dive deep into four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays with the BBC’s “The Hollow Crown.” This Sunday at 2PM KCTS9 airs the first installment – “Richard II,” and then follows up each subsequent Sunday with “Henry IV part 1,” “Henry IV part 2” and “Henry V” through October 13. Seattle Shakespeare Company will present our own production of “Richard II” in January.
The films – chronicling a bloody tale of family, politics and power — tell the rise and fall of three kings and how their destiny shaped English history. 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. 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. When Hal comes to the throne as Henry V he is left to bury the ghosts of his father’s past while fighting both the French forces as well as his own inner demons.
The series features an all-star cast of the most pre-eminent Shakespearean actors of our time. The Kings are played by Ben Whishaw (Richard II), Jeremy Irons (Henry IV) and Tom Hiddleston (Henry V) respectively, supported by a phenomenal cast including Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey in “Richard II,” Simon Russell Beale, Michelle Dockery, Julie Walters and Maxine Peake in “Henry IV” and John Hurt, Anton Lesser and Paterson Joseph in “Henry V.” The plays were filmed on location in England and are all set in their authentic medieval period.
Be sure to tune in or program your DVR because this is an event you don’t want to miss.