KING CHARLES III

In the near future, Prince Charles ascends the throne. What follows is epic. The Sydney premiere of the UK smash-hit

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The Play

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'Must-see theatre.' Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Theatre Company and Adshel present
The Almeida Theatre Production

KING CHARLES III

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 IIIhas 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

#STCKINGCHARLES

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
Pick six or more plays to create a personalised Season Ticket package. More info

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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Dates

Previews 31 Mar – 2 Apr 2016
Season 3 Apr – 30 Apr 2016

Performance start times
Tue – Sat 7.30pm; Mon 6.30pm; Wed 1pm; Sat 1.30pm 


Pricing and ticket information

Season Ticket prices
Pick six or more plays to create a personalised Season Ticket package. More info

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.

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats.

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


Insight Events

Pre-season Briefing
Tue 29 Mar 6.15pm
Wharf 2 Theatre
FREE. RSVP here

Audi Night with the Actors
Mon 4 Apr post-show
Mon 18 Apr post-show

Matinee Club
Wed 13 Apr 12pm

Find out more about our Insight Events.


Access performances

Captioned performance 
Fri 29 Apr 7.30pm


Important travel update

From 4 Oct 2015, all travel into the Sydney CBD will be affected by construction works for a light-rail line along George Street. These changes affect car and bus routes. It is important to plan ahead and allow additional travel time. Please visit mysydney.nsw.gov.au for more information and consider using journey planning apps on your smartphone or tablet devices. 

Writer & Director

 
Mike-Bartlett-2016
Mike Bartlett
Writer

 

RupertGoold
 

Rupert Goold
Director

 

Cast

 

BP_Robert-Powell

Robert Powell
Charles

 

BP_Jennifer-Bryden

Jennifer Bryden
Kate

 

BP_Richard-Glaves

Richard Glaves
Harry

 

BP_Dominic-Jephcott
Dominic Jephcott
James Reiss

 

BP_Geoffrey-Lumb
Geoffrey Lumb
Spencer, Nick, 
Sir Gordon,
Archbishop, Paul

 

BP_Lucy-Phelps
Lucy Phelps
Jess

 
CarolynPickles
Carolyn Pickles
Camilla

Ben-Righton

Ben Righton
William

 

BP_Giles-Taylor

Giles Taylor
Mr Stevens

 

BP_Tim-Treloar

Tim Treloar
Mr Evans

 

BP_Beatrice-Walker

Beatrice Walker
Sarah, Ghost, 
TV Producer

 

BP_Paul-Westwood

Paul Westwood
Cootsey, Speaker, 
Terry, Sir Michael,
Roberts

 

BP_Emily-Swain

Emily Swain
Understudy Camilla

 

BP_Emily-Celine-Thomson

Emily-Celine
Thomson
Ensemble, 
Understudy Kate,
Jess, Ghost

 

BP_Ryan-Whittle

Ryan Whittle
Ensemble,
Understudy Harry,
Cootsey, Spencer

 

BP_Karl-Wilson2

Karl Wilson
Understudy Mr 
Evans, Mr Stevens,
James Reiss
 

 

Creatives
Whitney Mosery Co-Director
Tom Scutt Designer
Jocelyn Pook Composer
Jon Clark Lighting Designer
Paul Arditti Sound Designer
Belinda Sykes Musical Director
Joyce Nettles Casting
Sara Joyce Associate Director
Eleri Lloyd Associate Designer
Leigh Porter Production Manager
Sonia Friedman Productions Producer
Stuart Thompson Producer
Tulchin Bartner Productions Producer
Charles Diamond Producer
Almeida Theatre Producer/Co-General Manager
Lee Dean Producer

Marketing Photography courtesy Almeida Theatre
Production Photography Richard Hubert Smith

Read full cast and creatives bios, and lots of other interesting content in our programs, which are available at the venue for $10. 


Sydney reviews

'There is much to relish in this production and even more to talk about once you have left the theatre. It brings together past, present and future and ignites the imagination in ways our monarchist-v-republican debate could only dream of. Don't miss King Charles III.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Must-see theatre.' Sydney Morning Herald

'A remarkable achievement.' Sydney Morning Herald

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

'An engrossing, entertaining and truly epic Royal Family drama.' Limelight Magazine

'Generously entertaining and genuinely gripping.' The Daily Review

International reviews

'Bold, brilliant and unstoppably entertaining. Theatre doesn’t get much better than this.' ★★★★★ The Times, UK

'One of the great political plays of our time.' Time Magazine has declared King Charles III the play of the year

'(A) modern masterpiece.' New York Times best theatre of 2015.

'Galvanizing and astonishing.' Time Out New York

'Splendid, high-reaching and utterly unexpected.' The New York Times

'Attendance is compulsory.' The Telegraph, UK

'Royally entertaining.' The Guardian, UK

'Theatrical dynamite.' Time Out London

'Thought-provoking, serious fun.' Financial Times

'The most spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining piece of lèse-majesté that British theatre has ever seen.' The Telegraph

'A gripping evening of theatre, a rare contemporary play with real tragic vision, and easily the sharpest, most sophisticated political drama I have ever seen on stage.' Time

'Undoubtedly one of the most stimulating plays of the year.' Evening Standard

 

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