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The Hollow Crown: The Wars of The Roses


The Hollow Crown: The Wars of The Roses

Filming has begun on The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses for BBC Two. Filmed in locations around the UK this will be the concluding part of this ambitious cycle of Shakespeare’s History plays with three further filmed adaptations, Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III.

This Neal Street co-production with Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen for BBC Two assembles some of the UK’s finest acting talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge.

Philip will be playing Talbot in Henry VI part 1 alongside Sophie Okonedo (Queen Margaret), Hugh Bonneville (Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester), Sally Hawkins (Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester), Tom Sturridge (Henry VI), Adrian Dunbar (Plantagenet), Stuart McQuarrie (Vernon), Lucy Robinson (Young Cecily), Samuel West (the Bishop of Winchester), Stanley Townsend (Warwick), Michael Gambon (Mortimer), Anton Lesser (Exeter), Ben Miles (Somerset), Jason Watkins (Suffolk).

Sam Mendes, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, said: “After the critical and popular success of the first part of The Hollow Crown – and seven years after we very first suggested the idea to the BBC – I am delighted to announce the start of principal photography on the second half of this magnificent epic story. Yet again we have assembled an amazing cast – led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, and Sophie Okenedo, amongst many others – under the direction of the hugely talented Dominic Cooke. I’m very excited indeed to see them all bring the rest of this astonishing story to life.”

2 Responses to “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of The Roses”

  1. Very much looking forward to seeing Philip do a Shakespeare role! My casting fantasy is to see Phlilip (one day?) playing ‘Kent’ and David Warner playing ‘Lear’ in a production of ‘King Lear’. Shades of their ‘Hornblower’ relationship??
    Also quite by coincidence I was in the library today and saw Paul Mendleson’s book ‘The First Rule of Survival’ staring me in the face. I borrowed it on Philip’s recommendation. Looking forward to a good read.


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