The play opens as the royal family return from the Queen’s funeral. Charles then holds his first ever audience with the Prime Minister. Reminiscent of the Leverson Inquiry, the Prime Minister discusses a new bill passed through the Commons and the House of Lords that needs the new King’s royal assent. As the new King is reluctant to sign a law that would essentially gag the press, allowing government to censor the news, he and the Prime Minister get into a heated argument. The Prime Minister threatens to create a new law that bypasses the need for royal assent but the King quickly reacts by dissolving parliament, sparking unrest across the country.
King Charles III examines the devolved power of the British Monarchy and makes it very clear where the power lies. Initial casting included Tim Piggot-Smith as Charles, Adam James as the fictional Prime Minister Tristram Evans, Oliver Chris as Prince William, Richard Goulding as Prince Harry, Margot Leicester as Camilla and Lydia Wilson as Kate / Princess Catherine.
Following a successful run at the Wyndham’s Theatre, King Charles III will transfer for a short engagement to Broadway and will play in Sydney, Australia as well as embarking on a UK tour.
Recommended forKing Charles III is a political drama which may appeal to those who enjoyed Great Britain and The Audience. The show is not aimed at children.
Age Recommendations: recommended for ages 12+