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King Charles III - 2015 - Broadway

The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne. A future of power lies before him... but how to rule?

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best Play, King Charles III is the "bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining" (The Independent) drama of political intrigue by Mike Bartlett that comes to Broadway following a sensational West End run. Directed by Rupert Goold and deemed "the most insightful and engrossing new history play in decades" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, this "bold and brilliant" (The Times of London) production explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Music Box Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
239 West 45th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For King Charles III


Review: Broadway's 'King Charles III' Ingenuous, Intriguing - Associated Press
Much like "Hamilton" uses hip-hop and R&B to retell the story of Alexander Hamilton, Bartlett borrows England's greatest writer to frame a tale about what might happen when the current English queen dies. Bartlett uses verse and iambic pentameter to spin his web, leaning on "Macbeth" and "Richard III" and "King Lear." A splendid Tim Pigott-Smith reprises his role as King Charles III, which he played in London, leading it to a best new play win at the Olivier Awards. He fiddles with his cuffs like Charles and nervously turns his signet ring, but never falls into mimicry. His descent into madness is Lear-lite and Pigott-Smith is up to the task.

'King Charles III' an entertaining new thriller - amNY
When was the last time you saw a new play that was written in iambic pentameter, or a futuristic fantasy about real-life, still-living political figures? Mike Bartlett's "King Charles III," a critical and commercial hit in London, audaciously applies the conventions of the Shakespearean history play to today's British royal family, who are portrayed immediately after the death of the currently reigning 89-year-old Elizabeth II.


 



 

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by BWW News Desk - January 7, 2016
BroadwayWorld has just learned that Mike Bartlett's KING CHARLES III, which has appeared in the West End and on Broadway, is now in print. Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced its publication today. The play premiered in the spring of 2014 at Almeida Theatre in London, and made its move to Broadway in the fall of 2015.
by Michael Dale - December 17, 2015
The intimate Broadway house was originally co-owned by Irving Berlin and premiered his MUSIC BOX REVUES.
by Michael Dale - December 15, 2015
It's written in blank verse, contains soliloquies and even has a ghost, but is Mike Bartlett's future history play really Shakespearean?
by Michael Dale - November 12, 2015
The play is styled as classically Shakespearean, but the characters are real life contemporaries with the action set in the future.
by Michael Dale - November 10, 2015
The playwright utilizes blank verse in iambic pentameter in a futuristic story of today's royal family.
by Michael Dale - November 6, 2015
Would New York audiences be able to easily follow a drama about the intricacies of England's constitutional monarchy?
by TV - Opening Night Special - November 3, 2015
The play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, which began previews October 10, 2015, officially opened Sunday night, November 1, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special day, and you can go inside the after party below!
by Walter McBride - November 2, 2015
The play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, which began previews October 10, 2015, officially opened last night, November 1, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special day, and you can check out photos from the after party below!
by Walter McBride - November 2, 2015
The play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, which began previews October 10, 2015, officially opened last night, November 1, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special day, and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below!
by Walter McBride - November 2, 2015
The play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, which began previews October 10, 2015, officially opened last night, November 1, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special day, and you can check out photos from the curtain call below!
by Michael Dale - November 1, 2015
Mike Bartlett's abundantly clever and thoroughly engaging drama envisions controversy during the reign of England's next monarch.
by Review Roundups - November 1, 2015
The highly anticipated play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, which began previews October 10, 2015, is set to open on November 1, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). Check out the reviews from the show below!
by Michael Dale - October 29, 2015
Mike Bartlett's Olivier-winning futuristic drama envisions the early days of Prince Charles' reign as king.
by BWW News Desk - October 19, 2015
The highly anticipated play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, which began previews October 10, 2015, is set to open on November 1, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below!
by Walter McBride - October 7, 2015
The highly anticipated play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, will begin previews October 10, 2015, with opening night set for November 1, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). The company gathered on their first night in New York at 58 Gansevoort to meet the press and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out photos below!
by TV - Press Previews - October 6, 2015
The highly anticipated play about Britain's future king, King Charles III, will begin previews October 10, 2015, with opening night set for November 1, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC). The company gathered on their first night in New York at 58 Gansevoort to meet the press and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out interviews with the company below!
by BWW News Desk - October 5, 2015
With its first preview just days away KING CHARLES III has announced its general Broadway rush policy, BroadwayWorld has confirmed.