Great Performances: The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I

Friday, September 27 at 9:00 p.m.

O, Harry, thou hast robb'd me of my youth!
 - Hotspur, Act V, Sc. 4

The heir to the throne, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), defies his father, King Henry (Jeremy Irons), by spending his time at Mistress Quickly’s (Julie Walters) tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) and his companions.

The king is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal’s rival, Hotspur (Joe Armstrong), Hotspur’s father Northumberland (Alun Armstrong) and his uncle Worcester (David Hayman). In the face of this danger to the state, Prince Hal joins his father to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury and kill Hotspur in hand-to-hand combat. Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary in "Downton Abbey") plays Hotspur’s wife, Kate Percy.

Top photo: Tom Hiddleston at Prince Hal.

At right: Joe Armstrong as Hotspur, Michelle Dockery as Kate Percy.