Posts Tagged ‘Tom Hiddleston’

@HollowCrownFans are celebrating their 5th anniversary, and this Sunday tweeted:

“Good morning and welcome to another #ShakespeareSunday! Today’s theme: THE HOLLOW CROWN PLAYS! (Rich II, Henry IV, V, VI & Rich III)”

The Hollow Crown is a televised series of Shakespeare’s plays from the BBC – this banner has covered Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, and Henry V (first series) and Henry VI part 1, Henry VI parts 2 & 3 amalgamated, and Richard III (second series, subtitled The Wars of the Roses). The high profile actors involved are far too numerous to fully list (including – to name but a handful – Judi Dench, Julie WaltersSophie Okonedo, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch & Jeremy Irons), so do check out the above link!

@HollowCrownFans began #ShakespeareSunday and it has taken on in a big way – yes, it ‘trends’! Part of the fun of getting involved is finding new people to interact with on Twitter via the likes and follows gained when tweeting a quote inspired by the weekly themes put forward.

Here’s my offering for this five year anniversary…



5 year, congrats - Henry IV, pt 1 9th July 2017, Shakespeare Sunday

The quote comes from a time that Prince Hal (later Henry V, ‘the warlike Harry’) is joking / teasing Francis, ‘a drawer’ (tapster, barman). I like to think he’s also pictured here, along with Falstaff (wielding the sword), Bardolf (rednosed behind the sword, probably with Pistol and Nym), Hal, and likely Poins (the fine gentlemen watching).

I like to think Francis is the boy just in front of Falstaff – with those 5 years still to serve his apprenticeship – but he could be the chap coming up out of the cellar.

What think you?

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@HollowCrownFans tweeted that “Today’s #ShakespeareSunday theme has been chosen by @Carnival_Films to mark 5 years of #TheHollowCrown! – POWER, DEFIANCE & SURVIVAL!”

I was delighted to find all three clear in this quote from the play Coriolanus, spoken by tribune Sicinius Velutus, an enemy of the general Coriolanus…

Coriolanus [III, 3] Sicinius Velutus: What you have seen him do and heard him speak, Beating your officers, cursing yourselves, Opposing laws with strokes and here defying Those whose great power must try him; even this, So criminal and in such capital kind, Deserves the extremest death.

It is clear the politicians know how to influence the people – whether it is to their own good or not you / a production can explore.

How do I know how many times certain words turn up in Shakespeare’s works?

I use opensourceshakespeare.org –  great resource!

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As at 22nd July, the BBC is showing ‘6 days left’ for watching The Hollow Crown series, which sees a whole host of famous actors (and more – see tags for some of these) involved in films of Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V.

For information on this series and how to watch, go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00s90hz/episodes/guide


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  1. (You may also be interested in The DF Eye – 04/06/2012, a general look at theatre, film and more)
    Now here’s a question…
  2. As DF really likes Shakespeare, and imagines you must have some interest to be reading this, let’s start in early, with something…
  3. For Children

  4. Helena Bonham Carter speaks about this app, with Tom Hiddleston speaking the ‘If music be the food of love’ opening of Twelfth Night here…
  5. For more from Tom Hiddleston, see next section!
  6. Find out about how Shakespeare inspired songs for children sung by his characters…
  7. Shakespeare and our Political World

  8. Looking at Shakespeare and public / private leadership and authenticity, with Tom Hiddleston and Mark Rylance…
  9. Tom Hiddleston BBC Newsnight 28-05-2012
    Wed, May 30 2012 12:30:25
  10. Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart and other ‘well-kent faces’ will be appearing in The Hollow Crown series this month on the BBC…
  11. The Hollow Crown – Shakespeare Unlocked season – BBC Two
    Wed, May 30 2012 18:50:06
  12. Shakespeare Data

  13. Shakespeare and a “computational knowledge engine”…
  14. Shakespeare Sketch

  15. DF was reminded of this recently and, even if you’ve seen it before, A Small Rewrite is worth re-watching…
  16. Shakespeare sketch – A Small Rewrite
    Wed, May 31 2006 10:51:23

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