The Hollow Crown (TV series)

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The Hollow Crown
Three English Kings
From left to right: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V
GenreHistorical drama
Produced bySam Mendes
Based onHenriad by
William Shakespeare
StarringBen Whishaw
Jeremy Irons
Tom Hiddleston
Production companyNeal Street Productions
NBCUniversal
WNET
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Original channelBBC Two
Release date
  • 30 June 2012 (2012-06-30)
 
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The Hollow Crown
Three English Kings
From left to right: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V
GenreHistorical drama
Produced bySam Mendes
Based onHenriad by
William Shakespeare
StarringBen Whishaw
Jeremy Irons
Tom Hiddleston
Production companyNeal Street Productions
NBCUniversal
WNET
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Original channelBBC Two
Release date
  • 30 June 2012 (2012-06-30)

The Hollow Crown is a 2012 series of British television films produced by Sam Mendes for BBC Two. It adapts the four plays in William Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad:[1]

Each episode was directed by a notable British stage director and filmed on location in the UK.[2]

Cast and crew

EpisodeCastDirector
Richard IIBen Whishaw as King Richard
Rory Kinnear as Bolingbroke
David Suchet as Duke of York
David Morrissey as Earl of Northumberland
Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt
Rupert Goold
Henry IV, Part IJeremy Irons as King Henry
Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
Alun Armstrong as Northumberland
Joe Armstrong as Hotspur
Richard Eyre
Henry IV, Part IIJeremy Irons as King Henry
Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
Alun Armstrong as Northumberland
Henry VTom Hiddleston as Henry V
Richard Griffiths as Duke of Burgundy
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
John Hurt as The Chorus
Lambert Wilson as French King
Geraldine Chaplin as Alice
Edward Akrout as Louis the Dauphin
Thea Sharrock

Production

The BBC scheduled the screening of Shakespeare's history plays as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, a celebration of British culture coinciding with the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3] Sam Mendes signed up as executive producer to adapt all four of Shakespeare's tetralogy (Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V) in September 2010.[4] He is joined as executive producer by Pippa Harris (both representing Neal Street Productions), Gareth Neame (NBCUniversal), and Ben Stephenson (BBC).[5]

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