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Rose Riot | The Hollow Crown (2018/19)

Directed by Damien Ryan

Written by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Damien Ryan

December 8, 2018 to January 27, 2019

“let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings…” Richard II

he Hollow Crown spans the reign of the lavish and wasteful Richard II, torn from his perch by the brilliant and persuasive tongue of a true political animal, Henry IV, a thief who steals a crown and cannot sleep with guilt as her bedfellow, while her famous daughter has an equally uncomfortable bedfellow, another thief, Falstaff, Shakespeare’s greatest comic creation. She will cloud and pollute the rise of England’s most famous ‘sun’ – Henry V, the cracked mirror to the gallant Hotspur who, having once tasted blood, becomes the unstoppable destroyer of worlds.

In this raucous cycle you will meet kings and despots, rebels and soldiers, thinker and thieves. From the Shrewsbury to Agincourt, you will witness the fiercest and most unlikely of battles – in the fields, the corridors, the bedrooms and the hearts of the realm.

“Once more into the breach dear friends” for this exhilarating ride through a history that was not interested in facts and figures or even the particular events of a British Isle, but in the universal act of living, ruling and dying in any nation, among any people, at any time. This is human history made flesh, a play about how what it means to live in “this best garden in the world” but be unable to make it grow. This is a story about us.

Director's Note

(No director's note available for this production)

Production Reviews

"Director Damien Ryan’s theatrical genius is on full display in this must-see rendition of Shakespeare’s timeless history cycle."

"Calling them "history" or "chronicle" plays makes them sound as dry as an empty sherry glass. In fact they fizz with beauty, comedy, drama and humanity..."

"The Hollow Crown is magnificent entertainment of scale and thrill with a carry beyond its hours"

Production Gallery

Photography by Seiya Taguchi

  • Abe Mitchell | Bagot, Westmoreland, Lancaster, Young Richard III

  • Adele Querol | Bess of Gloucester, Alice of France, Joan la Pucelle (of Orleans), Emmanuel the Clerk of Chatham College, Young Elizabeth becoming Queen to Henry VII

  • Bernadette Ryan | Earl of Worcester, Constable of France, Queen Elizabeth Grey

  • Berynn Schwerdt | Duke of York, Earl of Mortimer, King Charles of France, John Talbot, Jack Cade, Older King Edward IV

  • Brittanie Shipway | Bushy, Kate Percy, First Soldier of England, Tutor, Younger Lady Grey becoming Queen Elizabeth Grey

  • Bron Lim | Dame Joan Falstaff, Governor of Harfleur, Commander Clifford, Older Eleanor Duchess of Yor

  • Chantelle Jamieson | Isabel of Valois Queen of England, Nun of Gadshill, Duchess of Bedford, Young Clifford, Lady Anne becoming Queen to Richard III

  • Christopher Stalley | First Soldier of England, Doll Tearsheet, A Certain Lord, John Bates, King Henry VI, Richard Grey

  • Christopher Tomkinson | Chorus, Captain of Trees, The Douglas, Warwick the Kingmaker, Older George of Clarence

  • Damon Manns | Lord Aumerle of York, Ned Poins, Kylian (formerly Katherine) of Valois, Young John Talbot, Hume the Spy, Henry Tudor Earl of Richmond becoming King Henry VII

  • Drew Livingston | Green, Henry (Hotspur) Percy of Northumberland, Alencon, Younger George of Clarence, Lord Mayor of London, Man Who Had Fair Warning, Soldier with Bad Timing

  • Eloise Winestock | Henry (Hal) Monmouth becoming Queen Henry V

  • Emma Palmer | Henry Bolingbroke becoming Queen Henry IV, Orleans, Le Fer, Duchess of Buckingham

  • Francesca Savige | Soldier from Wales, Eleanor Duchess of York, Scrivener

  • James Lugton | Gardener, Northumberland, Nym, Professor of Ely, Court, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, Catesby

  • John Turnbull | John of Gaunt the Duke of Lancaster, Bardolph, Old Mortimer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Smith, Farmer, Lord Stanley

  • Lizzie Schebesta | Ensign of France, Margaret of Anjou becoming Younger Queen Margaret of England, Ratcliffe

  • Max Ryan | Young Henry (Hotspur) Percy of Northumberland, Boy, Young Richard Plantagenet becoming Richard Duke of York, Child George of Clarence

  • Melanie Dobson | Rutland daughter to Richard Duke of York, Child Princess Elizabeth, Prince Edward of the Tower (almost) becoming King Edward V

  • Oliver Ryan | Edward of York leader of the vanguard at Battle of Agincourt, Child Edward of York becoming King Edward IV, Prince Edward of Anjou heir to King Henry VI

  • Terry Karabelas | Older Richard Duke of Gloucester becoming King Richard III

  • Thom Blake | Child Richard Duke of Gloucester, Child Henry Earl of Richmond, Young Prince Richard of the Tower

  • Tim Walter | King Richard II, Pistol, Charles the Dauphin, Edward of York becoming King Edward IV, James Tyrrel

  • Wendy Strehlow | Bishop of Carlisle, Mistress Quickly, Soldier

  • Anna Gardiner | Set & Costume Design

  • Damien Ryan | Director, Adaptor & Set Design

  • Emma Paterson | Stage Manager

  • Francesca Savige | Assistant Director

  • James Brown | Composer and Sound Designer

  • Jessica Serio | Stage Manager

  • Matt Cox | Lighting Designer

  • Tim Dashwood | Fight Director

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