The Hollow Crown - Shakespeare's History Plays

News Release Date: 
September 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

Shakespeare’s History Plays on NET Television

LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 4, 2013) -- “The Hollow Crown” is a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays -- “Richard II,” “Henry IV, Parts I and II” and “Henry V” -- airing on consecutive Fridays at 9 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD, beginning Sept. 20.

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 (Ben Whishaw) is a vain, self-indulgent man who rules with little regard for his people’s welfare. He is ultimately overthrown by his cousin Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear), who ascends the throne as Henry IV (Jeremy Irons). Henry IV’s reign is marred by his own guilt over Richard’s death, civil war, and the gnawing fear that his son Hal (Tom Hiddleston) 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 and his own inner demons.

“Richard II” opens the series on Sept. 20, with “Henry IV, Part I” airing Sept. 27, followed by  “Henry IV, Part II” on Oct. 4.  Concluding the series is “Henry V” on Oct. 9.

The plays were filmed on location in England between summer 2011 and spring 2012 and are all set in their authentic medieval period. The series premiered to rapturous reviews in the U.K. and was honored with BAFTA Television Awards for Whishaw (Leading Actor) and Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff in “Henry IV, Parts I and II” (Supporting Actor). It also received a BAFTA Craft Awards for Original Television Music and Sound, and an RTS Programme Award for Single Drama (“Richard II”).

NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television.  NET Television is a service of NET.  For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (


RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at

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