10 October 2016

The Hollow Crown Henry VI Part Two

The Hollow Crown – Henry VI Part Two 2016
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Based on the plays by William Shakespeare
  • Cast: Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo, Anton Lester, Adrian Dunbar, Stanley Townsend, Ben Miles, Mariah Gale, Keeley Hawes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kyle Soller
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Tom Sturridge – Far from the Madding Crowd, The Boat that Rocked, Being Julia
    • Sophie Okonedo – The Slap, Skin, Hotel Rwanda, Dirty Pretty Things
    • Anton Lesser – Endeavour, Wolf Hall, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, The Girl in the Café, Twelfth Night, King Lear,
    • Adrian Dunbar – Richard III, The Crying Game, Morse, My Left Foot
    • Stanley Townsend – Quirke, Happy-Go-Lucky, Flawless, Hustle, Inside I’m Dancing, The Libertine, Moll Flanders
    • Ben Miles – V for Vendetta, Hustle, Keep the Aspidistra Flying
    • Mariah Gale – Hamlet (with David Tennant)
    • Keeley Hawes – Upstairs Downstairs, Under the Greenwood Tree, Macbeth Retold, Tristram Shandy, Our Mutual Friend, Cold Lazarus, Karaoke
    • Benedict Cumberbatch – August Osage County, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Small Island, Creation, The Other Boleyn Girl, Atonement, Amazing Grace, Starter for 10, To Kill a King
    • Kyle Soller - Poldark
  • Why? Shakespeare
  • Seen: 7 October 2016

The War of the Roses has broken out in earnest. Militant Queen Margaret leads the forces of the pious pacifist King Henry, when she’s not smooching with Somerset (until he’s beheaded).
There are a lot of heads rolling, a lot of clashing swords as one after another of the nobles of the houses of York and Lancaster are slaughtered. The spirit of revenge thrives. Truces are broken, betrayals abound. Family strife alternates with fierce family loyalty. And then strife again.
Much is changed from the plays which leads to a thin beginning but then it picks up. The confrontation between Henry and Richard of York in the parliament chamber is very dramatic. Again Okonedo and Sturridge are very strong and Cumberbatch shows promise as the traumatised young Richard (III to be, next play).
It moves more quickly and more coherently than Part One. Well done.

4* of 5

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