Production Company: Neal Street Productions, Carnival Films/NBC Universal, Thirteen for BBC Two
Directed by Dominic Cooke
Written by Ben Power
Produced by Ruper Ryle-Hodges
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes, Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okenedo
Following an outstanding critical and audience reaction to the BAFTA Award-winning The Hollow Crown series in 2012, Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films/NBCUniversal bring the concluding part of this ambitious cycle of Shakespeare’s History plays to the screen in three further filmed adaptations, Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III.
Sam Mendes, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, said: “After the critical and popular success of the first part of The Hollow Crown – and seven years after we very first suggested the idea to the BBC – I am delighted to announce the second half of this magnificent epic story. Yet again we have assembled an amazing cast – led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, and Sophie Okenedo, amongst many others – under the direction of the hugely talented Dominic Cooke. I’m very excited indeed to see them all bring the rest of this astonishing story to life.”
Reuniting the creative team at Neal Street Productions, who were behind The Hollow Crown, the films are a Neal Street co-production with Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen for BBC. Dominic Cooke (former Artistic Director of The Royal Court theatre) will make his TV directorial debut with the three films. Ben Power (Associate Director of The National Theatre), who previously wrote the screenplays for Richard II and Henry V, has adapted the cycle for the screen. Rupert Ryle-Hodges also returns as producer.