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Q: The Hollow Crown vs. The War of the Roses

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0476  Friday, 11 October 2013

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Friday, October 11, 2013

Subject:     Q: The Hollow Crown vs. The War of the Roses

 

When Poor Yorick closed, I purchased many DVDs of Shakespeare play that I did not own. One of those was The War of the Roses set.

 

Last week, I watched The Hollow Crown Richard II, after which, I decided to watch The War of the Roses Richard II

 

The Hollow Crown Richard II version cut the text. What I missed the most from these excisions was the Gloucester subplot. The War of the Roses Richard II version was close to full-text.

 

The Hollow Crown Richard II version had presentational, cinematic production values. The War of the Roses Richard II had representational production values and was recorded before a live theatrical audience.  

 

In the end, I much preferred The Hollow Crown Richard II to The War of the Roses version, which I found rather wooden.

 

I was wondering if anyone else would care to comment about these two productions or series.

 
 

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