When Mike Bartlett's King Charles III first opened at the Almeida in April, I wrote here that "the West End surely beckons." That was hardly a difficult prediction to make for a play that is the most audacious and satisfying new play to arrive in London in a while, and now that it has duly moved to the appropriately regal Wyndham's Theatre, I'll make another easy prediction: it will surely be... Read more
Cast includes Tim Pigott-Smith (Charles) The Queen is dead: afer a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? This controversial piece of new writing looks at the modern state of the monarchy and the unwritten rules of democracy. Mike Bartlett examines the people underneath the crown and looks into the consciousness of Britain's most famous family.
Last year we had two speculative theatrical imaginations of our reigning monarch the Queen's interactions with her Prime Ministers: a whole slew of them in The Audience, and with just one of them, Margaret Thatcher, in Handbagged (which coincidentally has just transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre).
Now the role of a constitutional monarch - and whether or not they have any... Read more