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The Hollow Crown - Full Length Play

The Hollow Crown

John Barton

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Full Length Play

3m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573011832

Fully revised 2005 version.  "A delightfully civilized evening in the theatre, humorous, touching and always warmly human." - New York Post

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance


Full Length Play


Play w/ Music

Bare Stage/Simple Set


Reader's Theatre

This entertainment by and about the Kings and Queens of England includes music, poetry, speeches, letters and other writings. The Hollow Crown has been performed in America and England by the such stars from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as Max Adrian, Dorothy Tutin, Peggy Ashcroft, and Marius Goring. The four readers enact the writings of royals from William I to Victoria; the three singers intersperse songs from the proper period - some of which are sad tunes on the death of kings while others are uproariously funny.
"A delightfully civilized evening in the theatre, humorous, touching and always warmly human." - New York Post


3m, 1f


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John Barton

John Barton

John Barton was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge and while at Cambridge directed and acted in many productions for the Marlowe Society and the ADC. In 1960, along with Sir Peter Hall, he co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company where Barton was an active director for over 40 years. He has directed over 50 productions on his own or as a collaborator with Hall and Trevor Nunn. ... view full profile

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Mary Caryer 4/20/2014 6:42 AM
I ordered this script as we are looking for something related to Magna Carta! We have been invited to take part in commemorating the confirmation of Magna Carta to Faversham - celebrations taking place this summer, but ideas seem few and far between. The Hollow Crown is great, and would be easy to stage and enjoyable for both the readers/singers and audience, but I wonder if anyone knows of a more obvious link to Magna Carta, bearing in mind that time is short and we have a pretty full schedule anyway. Any ideas?

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