Mike Bartlett's provocative ‘future history play’ explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.
Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?
The play draws on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, with much of the dialogue written in blank verse, a comic subplot, and even the occasional appearance of a significant ghost...
King Charles III premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in April 2014 before transferring to the West End.
A revised version of the play, King Charles III (West End edition), is available here.
'bold, brilliant and unstoppably entertaining… an intelligent, empathetic, moving look at the power and limitations of the modern monarchy… theatre doesn't get much better than this'
'brilliantly ambitious… deliciously smart… [the] script is a witty amalgam of Shakespearean rhythms and sharp modern colloquialisms'
'scintillating and highly ambitious... a brilliant, provocative piece of drama'
'wonderfully original... Bartlett's brilliant text pulses with Shakespearean resonances... a right royal triumph'
'outstanding and provocative… the most spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining piece of lèse-majesté that British theatre has ever seen'
'extraordinary… a meaty, hilarious, dizzyingly audacious state of the nation political thriller'
'pitch-perfect… bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining'
'royally entertaining… raises fascinating questions about the future of the monarchy'
Mike Barlett is an Olivier Award-winning playwright whose plays have been seen at theatres including the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres in the UK, and off-Broadway in New York.