King Charles III Summary

  • King Charles III is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 10, 2015
  • Opens November 1, 2015
  • Show Closed: January 31, 2016

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 t

King Charles III on Broadway Background

King Charles III is a new play by Mike Bartlett, whose previous plays include An Intervention, Chariots of Fire, and Earthquakes in London. Remarkably, the show is written in blank verse, which means it is in iambic pentameter but not in rhyming verse. 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.

What’s King Charles III Like?

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.

Theatre Information

Music Box Theatre

239 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,025
Entrance: 45th Street, between 8th and Broadway
Theatre Information

Music Box Theatre Seating Chart

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Cast Members

King Charles III
Tim Pigott-Smith
William
Oliver Chris
James Reiss
Miles Richardson
Jess
Tafline Steen
Mr. Evans
Adam James
Camilla
Margot Leicester
Kate
Lydia Wilson
Harry
Richard Goulding

Producers

Stuart Thompson

Sonia Friedman

Production Credits

Director
Rupert Goold
Set + Costume Designer
Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer
Jon Clark
Sound Designer
Paul Arditti
Book
Mike Bartlett
Original Music
Jocelyn Pook
Production Stage Manager
Barclay Stiff

Creative Team

General Manager
Thompson Turner Productions
Company Manager
Megan Curren at Thompson Turner Productions
Production Manager
Aurora Productions
Casting Director - US
Jim Carnahan Casting
Advertising Representative
SpotCo
Press Agent
DKC/O&M