THE NEW YORK TIMES hails “…the invaluable gift of this splendid, high-reaching and utterly unexpected play. Directed with fiery wit and rushing momentum by Rupert Goold, this London import, which won last year’s Olivier Award for best play, is a work that takes all manner of audacious license, poetic and otherwise… Mr. Bartlett sails with bravado over every high hurdle he sets up.”
Variety says “Pigott-Smith is phenomenal…portraying a sense of human goodness and character nobility that can either elevate a monarch or damn him to oblivion.”
Peter Marks at The Washington Post comments that “Bartlett scores one remarkable dramatic coup after another.”
In The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney says, “Bartlett offers a fiendishly clever and yet serious questioning of the role of royalty in the 21st century.”
Mark Kennedy, Associated Press, calls King Charles III “…ingenuous, intelligent and intriguing. Forget the king: Long live the playwright!”
Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, directed by Rupert Goold, enjoyed huge success in London last year with critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End. It is currently on a UK-wide tour which today announces seven further dates in 2016 before transferring to Sydney.
King Charles III was first produced by the Almeida Theatre and subsequently co-produced at the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Stuart Thompson Productions in association with Lee Dean & Charles Diamond and Tulchin Bartner Productions.
Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, King Charles III is designed by Tom Scutt, with music composed by Jocelyn Pook, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.
Mike Bartlett’s play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.
Tim Pigott-Smith leads the cast on Broadway, reprising his celebrated role as King Charles III, with Anthony Calf as Mr. Stevens, Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry,Nyasha Hatendi as Spencer and other roles, Adam James as Mr. Evans, Margot Leicesteras Camilla, Miles Richardson as James Reiss, Tom Robertson as Cootsey and other roles, Sally Scott as Sarah and other roles, Tafline Steen as Jess and Lydia Wilson as Kate.
The Broadway production of King Charles III is produced by Stuart Thompson Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre and will run until 31st January 2016.