King Charles III to be adapted for BBC TwoTuesday, March 08, 2016
Nick Hern Books author Mike Bartlett's provocative, award-winning 'future history' play King Charles III is to be adapted for television. The 90 minute drama, directed by original stage director Rupert Goold, will air on BBC Two.
Imagining a constitutional crisis in the immediate aftermath of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Mike Bartlett's controversional but acclaimed drama explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. It draws on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, and when it premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2014 it was praised by the Time Out as a meaty, hilarious, dizzyingly audacious state of the nation political thriller', with The Times declaring 'theatre doesn't get much better than this'.
The play, which later transferred to the West End and Broadway and is currently on a UK tour, has already received a number of awards, including the Olivier Award for Best New Play, the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, and the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award. Mike Bartlett has enjoyed success on television before, with his hit BBC One series Doctor Foster winning two National Television Awards in January. Doctor Foster: The Scripts, containing the complete scripts to Series One of the programme, is to be published by NHB later this year.
Mike Bartlett says: "I'm so excited to bring King Charles III to BBC Two. The play has always had the ambition to be an ambitious, provocative, yet popular national story, written to explore the possibilities and contradictions of a figure and a family that we all think we know so well. It can now reach a wider, national audience, and the story can expand out onto the screen. With Rupert Goold directing, and Drama Republic producing, I know it's in the very best hands possible."