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Funder: Great Performances: The Hollow Crown-text

A Neal Street Productions co-production with NBCUniversal and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for BBC.

The Hollow Crown is a Great Performances series showcasing four filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1,Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V.

The interactive and video resources in this collection are designed to aid teachers in exploring these complex plays with their students. Use the viewing guide, supplemental teaching tips, discussion questions, background essays, and activities to analyze and compare the films with Shakespeare’s original text, discover major themes, and delve deeper into the stories’ historical backgrounds.

Henry IV, Part 1&2: What Makes a King—A Father and Son's Struggle


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Henry IV, Part 1&2: What Makes a King—A Father and Son's Struggle

Use videos from Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I & II to examine the question “what makes a good king.” Is it a divine right or a position one must earn?

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 490
  • Favorites: 16
Language: Poetry vs. Prose


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Language: Poetry vs. Prose

Watch and analyze these two Henry, IV Part 1 video segments from Great Performances’ The Hollow Crown to determine which is prose and which is poetry. 

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 694
  • Favorites: 34
The Character of Falstaff


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The Character of Falstaff

Examine the comedic braggart Falstaff using these four Henry IV, Part 1 video segments from Great Performances: The Hollow Crown, along with supplemental materials. Consider Falstaff’s defining characteristics, including his major flaws.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 205
  • Favorites: 12
Henry V: War—What is it good for?


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Henry V: War—What is it good for?

In these video segments from the Great Performances series The Hollow Crown, explore the “justification of war” theme in Henry V.

 

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 244
  • Favorites: 12
Honor in Henry IV, Part 1


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Honor in Henry IV, Part 1

Examine the role of honor in Henry IV, Part 1 using video from Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown, discussion questions and an activity. Analyze how Falstaff and Hotspur’s opposite views influence their behaviors. 

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 311
  • Favorites: 16
Shakespeare on Screen


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Shakespeare on Screen

Watch Thea Sharrock’s interpretation of the St. Crispin’s Day Battle in this Henry V video from the Great Performances series The Hollow Crown.  Use the related activity to analyze how this fight scene might be displayed differently on stage.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 194
  • Favorites: 16
The Role of the Chorus in Henry V


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The Role of the Chorus in Henry V

Watch this version of the prologue to Henry V from Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown. Discuss the role of the chorus in this scene using the provided questions and supplemental activities.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 192
  • Favorites: 13
Richard II: What makes a king?


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Richard II: What makes a king?

This media gallery uses video from Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown: Richard II to examine the question of what makes a good king. Is it a divine right or a position one must earn?

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 282
  • Favorites: 13
Director's Cut


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Director's Cut

Examine the filmmakers’ artistic choices in these video segments from the Great Performances' series The Hollow Crown. The segments featured are from Richard II, Henry IV, Part I, Henry IV, Part II and Henry V.           

  • Grades: 9-13+
  • Views: 201
  • Favorites: 11
Infographics: Shakespeare’s Game of the Hollow Crown


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Infographics: Shakespeare’s Game of the Hollow Crown

These infographics, based on three of Shakespeare's history plays, follow the history of rebellion in 15th century England and the successive stories of three kings. Teachers can print these and hang them up in the classroom to enhance learning. 

  • Grades: 9-13+
  • Views: 1247
  • Favorites: 32
Shakespeare: The Intersection of Art & Life Timeline


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Shakespeare: The Intersection of Art & Life Timeline

Learn more about the man behind the literary masterpieces with this interactive Shakespeare Uncovered timeline of the bard’s life.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 512
  • Favorites: 38
Henry V: What makes a king?


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Henry V: What makes a king?

This media gallery uses video from Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown: Henry V to  examine the question “what makes a good king.” Is it a divine right or a position one must earn? 

 

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 164
  • Favorites: 13