Great Performances: The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part II
Friday, October 4 at 9:00 p.m.
We have heard the chimes at midnight.
- Falstaff, Act III, Sc. 2
In the aftermath of the Battle of Shrewsbury, the Lord Chief Justice (Geoffrey Palmer) attempts, on behalf of the increasingly frail King (Jeremy Irons), to separate Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) from Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston).
The rebels continue to plot insurrection. Falstaff is sent to recruit soldiers and takes his leave of his mistress, Doll Tearsheet (Maxine Peake, top photo at right). The rebel forces are overcome, which brings comfort to the dying King, who is finally reconciled to his son. Falstaff rushes to Hal’s coronation with expectations of high office, only to be rebuffed by the former prince who has now become King Henry V (top photo).
Also pictured, bottom right: Iain Glenn as the Earl of Warwick.