Coronado Playhouse Presents KING CHARLES III

Coronado Playhouse Presents KING CHARLES III

Coronado Playhouse continues its 2018 Season, A Family Affair, with the 2015 Olivier Award-winning "Best New Play," King Charles III, opening Friday, March 23rd and running until Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at The Playhouse. Hailed by The New York Times as a "flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarchy in crisis" and "the most insightful and engrossing new history play in decades," with its witty echoes of Shakespearean drama, Mike Bartlett's brilliant contemporary work of speculative history blurs the boundaries of truth and tragedy.

Queen Elizabeth II is dead. Prince Charles ascends to the throne, but what kind of ruler will he make for this once-united United Kingdom? Flanked by wife Camilla and sons William and Harry, Charles challenges an uncompromising Parliament, but it is his daughter-in-law, Princess Kate, who shows the real ambition for the sceptered isle. Is Charles the man who would be king, or was he born to succeed only in name? Nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards, this imaginative glimpse of future history is a theatrical event of crowning achievement. King Charles III explores the intricacies of modern monarchy and introduces us to the people beneath the crowns.

Making his Coronado Playhouse directorial debut, Tyler Richards Hewes has assembled a talented and committed ensemble of 18 actors and a dedicated and experienced design & creative team to bring this "bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play" (The Independent) to the Coronado Playhouse stage. This highly anticipated San Diego premiere features acclaimed local actor, Richard Rivera, in the coveted title role of King Charles.

Tickets range from $20-$27 and are available through Coronado Playhouse's Box Office at (619) 435-4856 or online at

Community Partner -The Wampler Foundation

Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need. During the run of King Charles III, Coronado Playhouse is partnering with The Wampler Foundation in an effort to bring exposure and donations to this excellent and vital program.

Founded in 2012, The Wampler Foundation's mission is to provide life-changing experiences to children with physical disabilities. Based on the island of Coronado and founded by Stephen J. Wampler (a Coronado resident), the Foundation began an outdoor program in 2004, welcoming 24 campers. Since then, the Foundation has grown and has sponsored 250 children at 5 camping sites. Camp Wamp, located near North Lake Tahoe, has proven to be an inspiration for campers to often go on to college, have a family, a live a prosperous life. Camp Wamp encourages teamwork, and is a place where kids with physical disabilities can visit to experience the great outdoors and create memories that last a lifetime. For more information, please visit:

Special Events

Opening Night Members' Mingler - Friday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm

Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers lovers and enjoy the ambience and excitement of opening night.

Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.

Easter Saturday, Traditional Afternoon Tea - Saturday, March 31st at 12:30 pm

Attending the matinee performance on Saturday, March 31st (Easter Saturday)? Why not immerse yourself entirely in British culture and compliment your theatre-going experience by partaking in a traditional English Afternoon Tea? Guided by CPH Board Member (and CPH's Resident Brit) Vanessa Dinning, attendees will learn about Afternoon Tea etiquette and customs.

Add on price: $30

Wampler's Ascent - Saturday, April 7 at 2pm

Join the inspirational and extraordinary Stephen J. Wampler and members of his team for a screening of Wampler's Ascent at Coronado Playhouse. In this enlightening, riveting and multi-award winning documentary, Stephen J. Wampler show us how persistence, tenacity and finding your inner strength can help you accomplish what seems impossible. The screening will be followed by a talk-back with audience Q&A.

Admission: Free

Donations for The Wampler Foundation graciously accepted.

About Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse is the longest continuously run community theatre in San Diego County, currently in its 72nd Season. The intimate 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre, overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay and is part of the Coronado Community Center. The venue opened in 2006 with state of the art equipment and a full-service bar. Season ticket holders can reserve tables a year in advance for each show. The Playhouse is dedicated to providing quality entertainment, with a mix of classic and modern comedies, dramas and mysteries, dazzling musicals, colorful free classics, theatre for young audiences, concerts and cabarets. These programs, along with our education outreach, theatre classes and other community events, are only possible because of your continued support and charitable donations.

Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County's longest running community theatre.

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