King Charles III begins performances tonight


The Olivier Award-winning Best New Play King Charles III, written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Rupert Goold, begins previews tonight at Broadway's Music Box Theatre.

King Charles III will officially open on 1 November 2015 and play a limited engagament through to 31 January 2016.

Synopsis: "In this brand new 'future history play', the Queen is dead, and after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? This controversial piece of new writing looks at the modern state of the monarchy and the unwritten rules of democracy. Mike Bartlett examines the people underneath the crown and looks into the consciousness of Britain's most famous family."

Members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and even Princess Diana are all depicted during the show, along with a fictional Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

The cast of King Charles III includes BAFTA winner and Olivier nominee Tim Piggott-Smith in the title role, Oliver Chris (William), Richard Goulding (Harry), Adam James (Mr. Evans), Margot Leicester (Camilla), Miles Richardson (James Reiss), Tom Robertson (Couttsey and other roles), Sally Scott (Sarah and other roles), Tafline Steen (Jess) and Lydia Wilson (Kate).

Creative team members have also been announced: sets and costume design is by Tom Scutt, music compositions by Jocelyn Pook, lighting design by Jon Clark and sound design is by Paul Arditti.

The Broadway production of King Charles III is produced by Stuart Thompson and Sonia Friedman.

After a successful off-West End try out at the Almeida Theatre in Spring 2014, the show transferred to London's West End and opened to excellent reviews at the Wyndham's Theatre on 11 September 2014, following previews from 2 September, and played a limited engagement through to 31 January 2015. It went on to win the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play.

- by Tom Millward

Tim Piggott-Smith in King Charles III