The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1267 Wednesday, 8 May 2002
From: Robert Icke <
Date: Tuesday, 7 May 2002 18:18:11 +0100
Subject: The Hollow Crown
Noticed this on the RSC website, sounds interesting...
Anyone seen it on its current tour, or in any previous productions? I'd
be interested to hear any opinions on either the scripting or on any
productions of it.
Some info from the RSC below
RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre
THE HOLLOW CROWN
Devised/Directed by John Barton
The Hollow Crown was devised in 1961 by John Barton for the Royal
Shakespeare Company as a celebratory entertainment, by and about, the
Kings and Queens of England.
From Richard II's soliloquy at Pomfret Castle through to Malory's Morte
D'Arthur, by way of Victoria's naively moving description of her own
coronation and a15year old Jane Austen's 'partial, prejudiced and
ignorant historian's' entertaining account of the monarchy from Henry IV
to Charles I, the production gives a human face, often in their own
words and usually comedic, to the changing role of the monarchy through
the ages in an illuminating and beguiling way. The Hollow Crown has
proved to be one of the most successful and entertaining productions the
RSC has staged over the years. Over 70 actors have performed it at
different times and we re proud to present a highly distinguished cast
including - Derek Jacobi, Ian Richardson and Donald Sinden - in this
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