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The Almeida Theatre’s hit drama King Charles III transfers to the Wyndham’s Theatre starring Tim Pigott-Smith.
Following an acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre, Mike Bartlett’s new play King Charles III transfers into the West End for a limited season (from 2 September to 29 November 2014).
Directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, the controversial play tackles life following the Queen’s death and Charles’ ascension to the throne, exposing the real people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.
King Charles III is designed by Tom Scutt, music composed by Jocelyn Pook, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti, and produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson Productions and the Almeida Theatre.
Tim Pigott-Smith returns to the role of Charles, alongside Oliver Chris, Katie Brayben, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Miles Richardson, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson.
The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? King Charles III imagines a future time when the Queen is dead and Prince Charles finally ascends to the throne, exploring the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.
★★★★★ “Piggott-Smith rules the roost, though, giving the understated performance of his career as Charles” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Tim Pigott-Smith gives the performance of his distinguished career” The Guardian
★★★★ “Mike Bartlett’s “future history play”, an audacious imagining of a constitutional crisis” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Mike Bartlett’s sharp, audacious drama” The Times
Reviews of the Almeida Theatre production
★★★★★ “Bold, brilliant…theatre doesn’t get much better than this.” The Times
★★★★★ “Spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining.” The Telegraph
★★★★★ “Continues the Almeida’s incomparable run of form… long may it reign.” Time Out
★★★★★ “A brilliant, provocative piece of drama.” Financial Times
★★★★★ “Mike Bartlett has found a grand style to match his subjects…a crowning achievement for all concerned.” Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ “Directed with incredible momentum by Goold, and magnificently cast and acted throughout, it makes for a truly wonderful theatrical evening.” London Theatre Guide
★★★★ “Royally entertaining.” The Guardian
★★★★ “Risky, disorientating and witty entertainment, which maintains the Almeida’s winning form under artistic director Rupert Goold.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Mike Bartlett’s bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play… performed in Rupert Goold’s pitch perfect production.” The Independent