THE HOLLOW CROWN / THE WAR OF THE ROSES
I have composed the score to the 8 hour Shakespeare epics The Hollow Crown and The War of the Roses.
Sport For Joveâ€™sÂ Rose RiotÂ consists of two shows:Â The Hollow CrownÂ andÂ The War of the Roses.Â Director and adaptor Damien Ryan has condensed Shakespeareâ€™s English history cycle into approximately seven hours of gripping theatre: if you catch both productions (which you can do in a single day) you will see scenes from Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI parts 1, 2 and 3, and Richard III.
The plot of Shakespeareâ€™s double tetralogy loosely follows the historical events that occurred during the English civil wars between the houses of Lancaster and York, rival branches of the royal house of Plantagenet. Shakespeare ducks and weaves around the historical facts, creating a compelling narrative which is as relevant as it ever was if you consider those who live in war torn regions today.
Director Damien Ryanâ€™s theatrical genius is on full display in this must-see rendition of Shakespeareâ€™s timeless history cycle. This is the tenth summer season of outdoor Shakespeare staged by Sport For Jove, and the Olympian undertaking of mounting eight plays across two productions no doubt represents a determination to mark the decade with something truly special.