Here are the first exclusive images of TOM HIDDLESTON and BEN WHISHAW from the brand new series of Shakespeare films encompassing Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II) and Henry V – coming to BBC Two in July.
Featuring some of the greatest Shakespearean actors and directors of our time and boasting a fantastic ensemble cast, all four films have been commissioned by BBC Two for their Shakespeare season in 2012 as part of the BBC’s contribution to the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad.
In the first film of the cycle, BEN WHISHAW plays King Richard II, starring alongside Patrick Stewart, Rory Kinnear, David Suchet, David Morrissey and Lindsay Duncan. It is directed buy Rupert Goold who also adapted the play with Ben Power, Associate Director of the National Theatre.
The second and third films star TOM HIDDLESTON as Prince Hal, heir to Henry IV (played by Jeremy Irons). Also starring in the film is MICHELLE DOCKERY, who plays Lady Percy. Falstaff is played by Simon Russell Beale and Julie Walters and Maxine Peake also star. Henry IV is directed and adapted for the screen by Richard Eyre.
In the fourth and final film, TOM HIDDLESTON stars as Henry V, MÉLANIE THIERRY plays Princess Katherine, daughter to the King Of France, PATERSON JOSEPH stars as York and GWILYM LEE as Michael Williams. John Hurt, Julie Walters and Richard Griffiths also star. Henry V has also been adapted by Ben Power and is directed by the acclaimed theatre director Thea Sharrock.