The Hollow Crown

MPT partners with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) to raise awareness of the upcoming THE HOLLOW CROWN series, foster enthusiasm for Shakespeare's work at the local level, and engage and build new audiences for public media and the performing arts in creative and innovative ways.

Debuting on September 20, 2013, THE HOLLOW CROWN is a lavish new series bringing new life to four of William Shakespeare's best-loved history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Henry V. It marks the first time these plays have been seen on PBS since the epic BBC Shakespeare Plays series in the early 1980s. The series features some of the most pre-eminent Shakespearean actors of our time--Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, and Tom Hiddleston are supported by a phenomenal cast including Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey, Simon Russell Beale, Michelle Dockery, Julie Walters, Maxine Peake, John Hurt, and more. THE HOLLOW CROWN airs on MPT on Fridays at 10:00 pm, September 20 through October 11, 2013. More info and synopses here.

THE HOLLOW CROWN at the Baltimore Book Festival

September 27-29, 2013

Look for MPT and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in the West Park and at the Washington Monument at the Baltimore Book Festival! Watch exciting stage combat demonstrations, take part in flash mob Shakespeare readings, and learn about the great kings of "The Hollow Crown" series coming to MPT Fridays starting September 20. Info: mpt.org/outreach

12:30 PM Saturday and Sunday ONLY
Fight! The art of sword battle requires agility and strategy. See for yourself at the West Park green, when Chesapeake Shakespeare Company members who are trained actor combatants will demonstrate stage combat and sword fighting. Bring your questions and cheer the victors! Location: the West Park at Cathedral Street and West Mount Vernon Place.

1:30 PM Daily
Shakespeare's Flash Mob "We few, we happy, we band of brothers" (Henry V). Join daily public readings of great speeches from Shakespeare's history plays, led by actors from Chesapeake Shakespeare. Bring your mobile device, or download the text at www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com in advance, or pick up a printed copy of the speeches at the MPT/Chesapeake Shakespeare Company tent at the Washington Monument. Location: the West Park at Cathedral Street and West Mount Vernon Place.

3 PM Daily
The Hollow Crown Revel in Shakespeare's rich language and the riveting stories of Britain's kings. Take in a lively audience-participation workshop inspired by the new PBS Great Performances series "The Hollow Crown" on MPT. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company teaching artists will help you enjoy the sweeping plots, the intrigues, the magnificent wordplay and the family tree of Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II) and Henry V. Location: MPT/CSC tent at the foot of the Washington Monument.

Major funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, Vivian Milstein, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Joseph A. Wilson, Jody and John Arnhold, The Agnes Varis Trust, and PBS.