Friday, November 18, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hollow Crown on Great Performances in December!


THE HOLLOW CROWN: THE WAR OF THE ROSES is a lavish three-part follow-up to the BAFTA winning The Hollow Crown, which aired in 2013 on THIRTEEN's Great Performances.
The first series of The Hollow Crown covered the so-called Henriad comprising Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II and Henry V. Now, The Wars of the Roses - which comes to GREAT PERFORMANCES on three consecutive Sundays beginning December 11 at 9 p.m. - picks up the story with epic film versions of Henry VI (in two parts) and Richard III.
 Benedict Cumberbatch plays Richard of Gloucester (pronounced Gloster) who appears in small roles in Henry VI part 1 and 2, and of course is on stage for practically every bit of Richard III.

Here's a review - it is going to be a treat when it hits American screens:

Richard III is my favorite Shakespeare play, and to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III - heaven!

And it is actually very fitting because apparently, according to DNA testing of the bones, Cumberbatch is a distant relation of the last Yorkist king!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III. That white necklace is of a white boar - his badge
You may have read that the bones of Richard III were actually found underneath a carpark in Leicester (pronounced Lester) a few years ago. Benedict Cumberbatch actually attended the ceremony when they re-interred his bones, and read a poem written especially for the occasion.

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