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King Charles III


Theatre: Music Box Theatre
Opening Night: November 01 2015
Final Performance: January 31 2016
Author: Mike Bartlett
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Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman Productions, Almeida Theatre, Robert G. Bartner, Norman Tulchin, Lee Dean & Charles Diamond, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jon B. Platt, Scott Rudin, Richard Winkler, Zeilinger Productions, The Shubert Organization
Best Play
Author: Mike Bartlett
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Direction of a Play


The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him…but how to rule? This drama of political intrigue by Mike Bartlett explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain’s democracy, and the conscience of its most famous family.


  • The piece is written in blank verse, a tradition for plays about British royals that is familiar to theatregoers who know Shakespeare.
  • The title character is currently known as Charles, Prince of Wales. He is the eldest child and heir apparent of the reigning United Kingdom monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Her imagined funeral takes place at the beginning of this “future history play.”


Mike Bartlett’s play premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London in the spring of 2014. The production transferred to the West End the following September. It won the 2015 Olivier Award as Best New Play.


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