KING CHARLES III by Mike Bartlett: Almeida, West End and Broadway

by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold

London's Almeida, April 3, 2014—May 31, 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, September 2, 2014-November 29, 2014, official opening September 11, 2014.

Broadway, Spring Fall 2015.

Music Box Theater. Previews beginning October 10, 2015. Opening November 1. 

The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs the World Premiere, following his acclaimed production of American Psycho. He is reunited with Mike Bartlett (Chariots of Fire, Cock) after their collaboration on Earthquakes in London.


February 24, 2014: Casting Announced for World Premiere of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III at London's Almeida Theatre —

Rupert Goold will direct a cast that will include Katie Brayben, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Sampson, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. 

April 3, 2014: What would happen if Prince Charles was made king? —London Evening Standard

In his new play for the Almeida, writer Mike Bartlett imagines a future with Charles on the throne. ‘We have this strange family at the top of our society and it is our duty to question why,’ he tells Nick Curtis 

April 11, 2014: King Charles III, review: 'spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining' Five Stars —Telegraph

April 14, 2014: Imagining Charles (Finally) in Charge. ‘King Charles III’ Causes a Stir in London —NY Times

The critic for The New Statesman called it the “boldest and most provocative play about the royal family in British theatrical history,”

April 16, 2014: Review: King Charles III, Almeida Theatre —Matt Trueman

"...a takedown of the entire British establishment: monarchy, parliament, aristocracy, armed forces, media. In fact, it turns out to be the best British play since Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem."


May 22, 2014: Almeida confirms King Charles III transfer and announces autumn season —What's on Stage >>

September 25, 2014: Mike Bartlett's London Hit King Charles III is Headed for the Great White Way — >>

September 25, 2014: Royal showdown this spring on B’way, led by Helen Mirren —NY Post >>

Broadway is getting Queen Elizabeth II this spring in “The Audience,” a play starring Helen Mirren as the monarch, and in all probability Broadway will get her soon afterward with “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s future-history play that has earned critical acclaim in London. 

January 28, 2015: ‘King Charles III,’ a Hit in London, Is Aiming at Broadway —NY Times Arts Beat >> 

January 28, 2015: Grand Royal Illusions. ‘King Charles III’ and ‘The Ruling Class’ in London —NY Times >>

LONDON — “We’ll never be royals,” begins the chorus of the hit pop song by Lorde that’s played as the curtain falls on Mike Bartlett’s dazzling “King Charles III” at Wyndham’s Theater. And aren’t we the lucky ones? 

April 12, 2015: Broadway Bound KING CHARLES III wins Olivier Best Play >> 

April 13, 2015: Olivier Winner ‘King Charles III’ Sets Dates, Theater for Broadway Run —Variety >>

Fresh from winning the 2015 Olivier Award for best play, Mike Bartlett’s “future-history” tale “King Charles III” has claimed the Music Box Theater for a fall run on Broadway. U.K. actor Tim Piggott-Smith will reprise his role as Charles, who, in the play, becomes king of England following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Rupert Goold, the artistic director of London’s Almeida Theater, directs. Further casting remains to be set for “King Charles III.” Stuart  Thompson and Sonia Friedman produce the show, which begins previews Oct. 10 ahead of a Nov. 1 opening. 

November 1, 2015: Review: In ‘King Charles III,’ Glimpsing the Near Future of Monarchy —New York Times Critics' Pick >>

"To sign, or not to sign. That is the question that hangs so urgently over the wavering title character of “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarchy in crisis, which blazed open on Sunday night at the Music Box Theater."


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