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        Director's Cut | Great Performances : Hollow Crown

        Discuss the filmmakers' creative decisions in these scenes from Great Performances' presentation of The Hollow Crown. Consider the staging, performance, costume, and set and compare these choices with what’s presented in Shakespeare’s text. Analyze the impact of the selections and what they suggest about the director’s interpretation. Use the video segments alongside the related activity, which can be found below. 

        Richard II's Death

        Examine Director Rupert Goold’s aesthetic choices in this dramatic scene from Richard II, in which King Richard is murdered. This is Act V, scene v from Richard II.

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        Henry V Act 1 Scene 1 | Great Performances : Hollow Crown

        This is the opening scene in Great Performances' presentation of The Hollow Crown: Henry V. Consider how the creative choices of the director, Thea Sharrock, impact the audience.

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        Henry V Epilogue

        In this segment, listen to the epilogue of Henry V, which occurs as a voiceover during Henry’s funeral. Consider Director Thea Sharrock’s interpretation of this part of the play.

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        Hal and Falstaff in the Tavern

        Falstaff and Prince Hal humorously impersonate Hal’s father, King Henry IV, in this video segment. Observe the choices the director, Richard Eyre, made when filming the scene and consider Falstaff’s comic relief role in Henry IV. This is Act II, scene iv from Henry IV, Part 1.

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        The Stolen Crown

        Note the dramatic lighting and other choices Director Richard Eyre made in this Henry IV, Part II scene, in which Prince Hal steals his sleeping father’s crown because he believes him to be dead. Hal mourns this loss and begins preparing to be king. This is Act IV, scene v from Henry IV, Part 2.

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