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Autumn Production 2002  - "The Hollow Crown" by John Barton

To somehow celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

An entertainment by and about the Kings and Queens of England, their falls and foibles, from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria, devised by John Barton for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which includes Poetry, Speeches, Letters and other Writings from the Chronicles, from Plays and in the Monarch's own words. Also Music concerning them and by them.

Director: Angela Robinson

Musical Director: Bryan Stone

  • Anne Allen
  • David Cox
  • Zuzana Cox
  • Chris Morrison


  • Peter Deaville
  • Louis van Niekerk
  • Bryan Stone

Piano: Su Mouton-Liger

This production was staged several times:

14 June 2002, as a co-production with the British Circle of Basel,

in the Bürgerliches Waisenhaus, Theordorskirchplatz, Basel


29  June 2002
in the Church Hall of the Temple Reformé, rue Marne, Riedisheim near Mulhouse

9/10/11 September 2002
in the Förnbacher Theater, Badischer Bahnhof, Basel



The Hollow Crown (From Shakespeare’s Richard II)

The Death of Kings – William I, William II, Henry I, Stephen (from Stow and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle)

Worldes Bliss - 12th Century song

Queen Eleanor’s Confession (an anonymous ballad)

16th & 17th Century Chroniclers (Holinshed, Hall, Baker and Churchill)

Ballade - by Richard I

The Deposition of Richard II by Henry Bolinbroke (From Froissart’s Chronicles) Richard II surrenders at Flint castle to Henry IV, at that time Earl of Derby and Duke of Lancaster

A History of England, by Jane Austen, aged 15, a Partial, Prejudiced and Ignorant Historian

Agincourt Song - Henry V

Edward III writes a love letter to the Countess of Salisbury (William Shakespeare)

The Queene’s command – Orlando Gibbons

Henry VII investigates a possible marriage. He sends a secret memorandum to his Ambassadors concerning a proposed marriage between himself and the Queen of Naples and they reply to it.

From a Speech made in the Guildhall by Mary Tudor, in which she denounces the rebellion of Sir Thomas Wyatt, raised in protest against her proposed marriage to Phillip of Spain

The Hunt is Up - Henry VIII

A Letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, a lady in waiting at his court, proposing marriage

A Letter from Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII, from the Tower before her execution

O Death Rock Her Asleep, by Anne Boleyn’s brother

Kingdoms are but cares (a poem by Henry VI)

As the Holly groweth green (a poem by Henry VIII)

When I was fair and young (a poem by Elizabeth)

I pass all my hours in a shady old grove (a poem by Charles I)

Here’s a Health Unto His Majesty – Charles I

From the Trial of Charles I, in which he confronts John Bradshaw, President of the Court

Ayre - by Charles I

Charles II on his Marriage to Catherine de Braganza, from a speech to Parliament

The Marquis of Halifax anatomises Charles II

The Vicar of Bray

The Death of Queen Caroline, wife of George II (by Lord Hervey)

Horace Walpole attends the Funeral of George II

From the Diary of Fanny Burney, novelist and diarist, in which she discusses the Arts with George III

The Madness of George III - Marianne Thornton writes to E.M.Forster

W.M.Thackeray on George IV

William IV’s Accession – from the Greville Memoirs

A Ballad to an Absent Friend - by Albert, Prince Consort, words by his brother, Ernest

Victoria describes her Coronation, at the age of 19, in her private journal

God Save the Queen - Variations by Beethoven

Epilogue from the “Morte D’Arthur” by Sir Thomas Malo



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