Richard III (1592) by William Shakespeare

A masterful play in its own right, but also a resoundingly brilliant conclusion to both Shakespeare’s “Wars of the Roses” cycle it was written as part of, but also of the later written (but earlier set) “Henriad” cycle as well. I’ve read this play, seen film adaptations, and seen theatre stagings of it before, but…

The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part 2 (2016)

While “Henry VI, Part 2” in name, this is far more an adaptation of “Henry VI, Part 3” than anything else, and what an adaptation it is. From the start, this is a much stronger film than the preceding one, with Dominic Cooke’s direction much more purposeful and inventive from the very first scene, a…