King Charles III

31 Mar — 30 Apr 2016

Roslyn Packer Theatre


'Must-see theatre.' Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Theatre Company and Adshel present
The Almeida Theatre Production
By Mike Bartlett

Australian Premiere

The Queen is dead. Long live the King?

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Mike Bartlett’s spectacular King Charles III predicts an audacious future history. This is an epic writ now.

This exclusive Australian premiere comes to STC fresh from its West End and Broadway runs. Described as “ingenious” (The Guardian) and “easily the sharpest, most sophisticated political drama I have ever seen on stage” (Time), King Charles III has been unanimously lauded by audiences and critics alike.

Sometime in the not too distant future, the Queen is dead. Having waited a lifetime to fulfil his destiny, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Charles wrestles with his new responsibilities… but how to rule? Let the royal games begin…

As political pandemonium and civil unrest threaten, Charles is forced to confront the contradictions of monarchy, democracy and his own moral conscience.

Exploring power and betrayal, the play skilfully reveals the people beneath the crowns as nuanced flesh and blood, and turns a Shakespearean lens on relationships in the world’s most famous and exposed family.

Directed with tremendous vision and wit by Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold, this is provocative and insightful political drama at its best - with a glint in the eye, a stiff upper lip, and the relevance of the daily news.

King Charles III is an international sensation not to be missed. 

'A remarkable achievement.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Fiendishly clever... an extraordinary treat for audiences.' Time Out Sydney

Duration 2hrs 45mins (including interval)
Content warning Infrequent strong language, flashing lights, theatrical haze, loud sound effects


Co-produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Charles Diamond and the Almeida Theatre in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and by arrangement with Lee Dean.

Pricing information

Season Ticket prices
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Saturday evening A Reserve $96
Adult A Reserve $89
Concession $69
Senior cardholder $80
Preview $71
Under 30 $69

Single Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $119
Saturday evening B Reserve $109
Adult A Reserve $109
Adult B Reserve $99
Concession $89
Senior cardholder $99
Preview $80
Under 30 $89
Upper Circle Boxes Saturday Night C Reserve $45*
Upper Circle Boxes C Reserve $40*

*Please note: these seats are C Reserve as they may have an impeded view of some scenes.

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings: $0
Single tickets: ​$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter


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