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Closed January 31, 2015

A speculative play about the future of the monarchy that has the courage to ask serious questions

The Guardian

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The fourth play to transfer from the hit-making Almeida Theatre, this future historical play sees Tim Piggott-Smith as our future monarch Charles III, desperately pondering on how best to rule after a lifetime of waiting in the wings. When the Queen dies, the Prince finally steps into the sun. But it is markedly different from what he expected, for the new King is forced into difficult situations that he never once imagined, with the spectre of Diana hanging over him still like a Shakespearean ghost.


As Prince Charles finally becomes Charles III following the death of the Queen, he is faced with a mltitude of problems. One of his first official duties includes signing a new act restricting the freedom of the press, which he refuses, causing political uproar and the threat of a new civil war. The problems don't stop as his daughter in-law Kate schemes with the Labour Prime Minister to have him abdicate in favour of William, days after his coronation.

Another challenge comes when Prince Harry wishes to rescind his royal titles and become a commoner, in order to marry a republican-leaning art student. Will the beleaguered Charles capitulate to those who hold the real power, or try to exercise the long-forgotten powers of the monarch to ensure his own survival, with the threat of war, usurpation and public hatred hanging over his newly crowned head?

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Previews from: 2 September 2014

Opening night: 11 September 2014


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes, including one interval

Cast and Creative


Charles III - Tim Pigott-Smith

Catherine, Princess of Wales - Lydia Wilson William

Prince of Wales - Oliver Chris

Prince Harry - Richard Goulding


Writer - Mike Bartlett

Director - Rupert Goold

Design - Tom Scutt

Composer - Jocelyn Pook

Lighting - Jon Clark

Sound Paul - Arditti

Casting - Joyce Nettles

Movement Director - Anna Morrissey

Resident Assistant Director - Whitney Mosery

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