The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1 (2012)

The premise of this, the BBC’s “The Hollow Crown” television film series, was to adapt Shakespeare’s historical plays in sequence. Adapting them as ultimately a single extended production was meant to bring “weight and depth” to the “iconic characters”, as well as the stories within. Seeing Tom Hiddleston as Hal here, who would later become…

Henry IV, Part 1 (~1597) by William Shakespeare

The appeal of Shakespeare’s histories, often the grouping of his plays neglected in favour of the comedies and tragedies, seems clear to me now having read “Henry IV, Part 1”. While I’ve read and loved “Richard III” in isolation, enjoyed well enough the fairly standalone “King John” and the apocryphal “Edward III”, and found the…