King Charles III (special edition)

By Mike Bartlett

King Charles III (special edition)

Winner: Best New Play - Critics' Circle Theatre Awards

Winner: Best New Play - Olivier Awards

South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award - 2015

Hardback, 144 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848424425
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 30th October 2014
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Almeida Theatre, London, 2014

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

Best New Play, Olivier Awards
Best New Play, Critics' Circle Theatre Awards
South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

Drawing on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, King Charles III opened at London’s Almeida Theatre, directed by its Artistic Director Rupert Goold, in 2014, before transferring to the West End.

This special edition of the play, published in beautiful clothbound hardback, includes a foreword by the journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow, an afterword by the playwright, and an essay about the original production.

Click here to listen to author Mike Bartlett discuss the play with theatre critic Mark Shenton on our SoundCloud page.

'outstanding and provocative… the most spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining piece of lèse-majesté that British theatre has ever seen'

- Telegraph

'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'

- The Times

'play of the year... extraordinary… a meaty, hilarious, dizzyingly audacious state of the nation political thriller'

- Time Out

'royally entertaining… raises fascinating questions about the future of the monarchy'

- Guardian

'scintillating and highly ambitious... a brilliant, provocative piece of drama'

- Financial Times

'wonderfully original... Bartlett's brilliant text pulses with Shakespearean resonances... a right royal triumph'

- The Stage

'pitch-perfect… bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining'

- Independent

'brilliantly ambitious… deliciously smart… [the] script is a witty amalgam of Shakespearean rhythms and sharp modern colloquialisms'

- Exeunt Magazine

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