King Charles III on Broadway - Tickets - Show Summary - Photos
King Charles III - Show Summary King Charles III is a new play by Mike Bartlett, whose previous plays include An Intervention, Chariots of Fire, and Earthquakes in London. The show transfers to Broadway following a successful run in London’s West End, where it transferred following an Off-West End run at the prestigious subsidized Almeida Theatre. Like those two productions, the Broadway run is directed by Rupert Goold (Enron, Macbeth). Furthermore, the lead role of Charles Windsor is played by Tim Pigott-Smith (The Icemen Cometh, Sherlock Holmes).
This is a timely production following the successful run of The Audience, which deals with the weekly audience that Queen Elizabeth II holds with the present prime minister over the course of her reign. King Charles III is a fictional portrayal of the events taking place following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who is still very much alive at age 89. Her son, Charles Windsor, is the heir apparent, and at age 66 is the oldest person to hold that title since 1714. Therefore, this play deals with the scenario in which he finally takes the throne. In substance, it also deals with the idea of freedom of the press, specifically regarding the News International phone hacking scandal.
Noteworthy Dates For The Show Previews Begin: 10/10/15
Show Opens: 11/01/15
Show Closes: 01/31/16
Number of Performances: 8 Shows per week
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What Is King Charles III Like?
Remarkably, the show is written in blank verse, which means it is in iambic pentameter but not in rhyming verse. Furthermore, as it deals with contemporary political matters, this play is one of the closest works we may have to a version of what Shakespeare’s contemporaries may have seen during his lifetime. Without showing any disrespect, it imagines the scenario in which the present and long-standing Queen of England has passed, and her heir apparent has taken the throne. Furthermore, like many works of Shakespeare, this play has a surreal element, in which Charles’ two sons – Harry and William – see the ghost of their deceased mother, Princess Diana. In this vision, she tells each of them that he will be the greatest king of all. In light of a political scandal, Charles decides to become a commoner, and in effect, William becomes the new King. Is King Charles III Good for Kids?
Yes, the show is most appropriate for children over the age of 8. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III
Oliver Chris as William
Miles Richardson as James Reiss
Tafline Steen as Jess
Adam James as Mr. Evans
Margot Leicester as Camilla
Lydia Wilson as Kate
Richard Goulding as Harry
King Charles III runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Mike Bartlett (Book)
Jocelyn Pook (Original Music)
Production Stage Manager:
Staff and Creative Team:
General Manager: Thompson Turner Productions Company Manager:
Megan Curren at Thompson Turner Productions
Aurora Productions Casting Director - US: Jim Carnahan Casting
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Play - American Premiere
Rupert Goold (Director)
Tom Scutt (Set + Costume Design)
Jon Clark (Lighting Designer)
Paul Arditti (Sound Designer)
Parking For This Theatre: The closest parking garage for the Music Box Theater is located at:
Quik Park Garage
303 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Champion Parking On West 45
251 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea.
A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.