By Clint Holloway | Indiewire July 22, 2013 at 3:00PM
A trio of Shakespeare's most gripping plays gets the epic treatment in "The Hollow Crown," a series of filmed adaptations brought to life by Neal Street Productions, NBCUniversal Internatinonal and THIRTEEN.
Having originally premiered in the U.K. last year to great acclaim, "The Hollow Crown" is comprised of the four Shakespeare historical plays in the "Henriad" -- "Richard II," "Henry IV" parts one and two and "Henry V" -- that are respectively directed by Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre and Thea Sharrock and set to air on PBS. "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes, who comes from the theater world and most recently directed a stage production of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" now open in London, is an executive producer.
Since this marks the first time these plays have been seen on PBS in decades, the creative forces behind "The Hollow Crown" have seemingly gone all out in rendering these adaptations, securing an impressive amount of British talent to bring Shakespeare's words to life. "Richard II" features Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart and David Morrissey; "Henry IV" stars Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale and Julie Walters; and "Henry V" rounds out the adaptations with Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt and Anton Lesser. "The Hollow Crown" begins Richard II, airing September 20 on PBS. For more information, check out the series page on the PBS website.