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The Hollow Crown





Compiled by John Barton

An entertainment by and about the Kings and Queens of England through music, poetry, speeches, letters and other writings from the Chronicles, from plays, and in the Monarch's own words.

Letters and memoirs by the monarchs of England or their contemporaries bring human beings to the throne with richly varied readings from Max Adrian, John Barton, Paul Hardwicke and Dorothy Tutin, interspersed with amusing musical interludes.

John Barton's ingenious compilation is superbly entertaining in its combination of wit, tragedy and sheer good humour.

"All in all 'The Hollow Crown' was fine theater", New York Times.


Readings by:
Dorothy Tutin
John Barton
Paul Hardwicke
Max Adrian

Music performed by:
Richard Golding: (bass)
John Lawrenson: (baritone)
Stephen Manton: (tenor)
James Walker: (harpsichord and piano)

Production Credits:
Director - stage production: John Barton
Film Director: Charles S. Dubin
Associate Director: David Jones
Producers: David Susskind & Dan Melnick
Filmed at Twickenham Studios

Produced by British Home Entertainment Ltd in association with The Royal Shakespeare Company and Columbia Broadcasting System of USA

  • 1964
  • Black and white
  • 120 minutes