King Charles III


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Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed new future history play King Charles III transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne.  A future of power. But how to rule? Written mostly in blank verse, with wry nods to Shakespeare’s history plays, King Charles III is politically thoughtful and astute as it takes dead-eyed aim at the instution of our monarchy and its would-be King.

Mike Bartlett’s hypothetical but canny extrapolation of Charles’ morality and actions pulls the issue of whether we would ever want an unelected monarch overruling our democratically elected government sharply into focus.

Directed by the Almeida’s artistic director Rupert Goold, this ‘bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play’ (The Independent) explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

CAST
Charles III – Tim Pigott-Smith
Catherine, Princess Of Wales – Lydia Wilson William
Prince Of Wales – Oliver Chris
Prince Harry – Richard Goulding

CREATIVE
Writer – Mike Bartlett
Director – Rupert Goold
Design – Tom Scutt
Composer – Jocelyn Pook
Lighting – Jon Clark
Sound – Arditti
Casting – Joyce Nettles
Movement Director – Anna Morrissey

If you’re not interested in the Royal Family, the way we are governed and the future of both the monarchy and the country – or for that matter, being royally entertained and stimulated for two and a half hours – then do feel free to ignore the West End transfer of the Almeida smash-hit King Charles III. If, on the other hand, any of the above applies, then I’d suggest attendance is pretty much compulsory…If anything, the show has grown in stature and relevance since its April premiere.
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

That fine and moving actor Pigott-Smith suggests a man who has spent too long in the wings watching, worrying and waiting for power and is over-eager to make his mark. There are confident performances all round in Rupert Goold’s stylish production, not least from James’s dynamically front-foot PM. This is undoubtedly one of the most stimulating plays of the year.
Fiona Mountford, London Evening Standard

That fine and moving actor Pigott-Smith suggests a man who has spent too long in the wings watching, worrying and waiting for power and is over-eager to make his mark. There are confident performances all round in Rupert Goold’s stylish production, not least from James’s dynamically front-foot PM. This is undoubtedly one of the most stimulating plays of the year.
Michael Billington The Guardian

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