Like most of America, you’re probably having a bit of a Tom Hiddleston moment. This makes it perfect timing to see his performances in The Hollow Crown.

The Hollow Crown. Photo: BBC

The Hollow Crown. Photo: BBC Two

Yes, this is another Downton Abbey type of situation. The Hollow Crown first aired in the UK on BBC Two. And now PBS is bringing it to Americans. It was produced by Sam Mendes. Each episode had a director of both significant British fame and talent.

What is The Hollow Crown about?

It adapts the four plays in William Shakespeare’s the Henriad:

Richard II
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2
Henry V

The Hollow Crown stars:

Recognizable names such as Clemence Poesy, James Purefoy, Jeremy Irons, and Tom Hiddleston are involved. Below is a full run-down.

Richard II Ben Whishaw as King Richard II
Rory Kinnear as Bolingbroke
Clémence Poésy as Queen Isabella\Anne
David Suchet as Duke of York
David Morrissey as Northumberland
Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt
James Purefoy as Mowbray
Director: Rupert Goold
Henry IV, Part I Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
Alun Armstrong as Northumberland
Joe Armstrong as Hotspur
Director: Richard Eyre
Henry IV, Part II Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
Alun Armstrong as Northumberland
Director: Richard Eyre
Henry V Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V
Mélanie Thierry as Princess Katherine
Richard Griffiths as Duke of Burgundy
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
John Hurt as The Chorus
Lambert Wilson as French King
Geraldine Chaplin as Alice
Edward Akrout as Louis the Dauphin
Director: Thea Sharrock
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A still from The Hollow Crown

Clemence Poesey as Queen Isabella

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Jeremy Irons as Henry IV talking to Prince Hal, played by Tom Hiddleston

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Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston in Henry IV.

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Julie Walters

Julie Walters plays Mistress Quickly in the films

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Paterson Joseph as the Duke of York

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Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery as Kate Percy

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Alun Armstrong and Niamh Cusack as the Earl of Northumberland and Lady Northumberland, alongside Michelle Dockery

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Lambert Wilson

Lambert Wilson plays Charles VI of France

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Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw as Richard II

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Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear plays Henry Bolingbroke

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Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston in The Hollow Crown

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The Hollow Crown Drinking Game #ForTheFunOfShakespeare (masterfully created by @don_bankse)

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The Hollow Crown season premiere on PBS is September 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS.



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