The Hollow Crown, Coming this Summer

Have you seen the trailer for the long-awaited BBC series The Hollow Crown, (or Shakespeare Unlocked), coming this summer? The NBC Universal/BBC TV adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s plays will air with stunning casts and magnificent sets and costumes. The first installment is Richard II, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Ben Whishaw as King Richard, Rory Kinnear (Bolingbroke), Patrick Stewart (John of Gaunt), David Suchet (Duke of York), David Morrissey (Northumberland), Clemence Poesy (Queen Isabella), Lindsay Duncan (Duchess of York), Tom Hughes (Aumerle) and James Purefoy (Mowbray). The series is produced by Sam Mendes.

Next they will present Henry IV, shot in two parts, with Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV directed by Richard Eyre. Tom Hiddleston is Prince Hal in the cast which also includes Harry Lloyd from Game of Thrones. The final installment in the series is Henry V with Tom Hiddleston playing the role of King Henry V and Lamber Wilson playing the King of France. Julie Walters and Jon Hurt also star. The project coincides with the Summer Olympics, London 2012 Festival and The Cultural Olympiad on the BBC.

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