The Hollow Crown - Shakespeare's History Plays, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes



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The Hollow Crown brings together four filmed adaptations of Shakespeare's History Plays - Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Starting in the year 1399, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play. Kings, with their families and followers, are threatened by rebellion and conflict. King Richard is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray. Richard calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt, Bolingbroke's father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the king. After seizing Gaunt's money and land, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland and the Duke of York, Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne.


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Critic reviews for Richard II

It's unfortunate that the cast of "Richard II" differs from that of the latter three plays in the Hollow Crown series, which makes "Richard II" seem more like an enjoyable and important but not critical prequel, like The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings.

June 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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