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King Charles III - October 2023
24th-28th 20.00
Matinée 28th 14.30


Petit Theatre Mercelis

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Inspired by Shakespeare's History Plays, in 2014 Mike Bartlett produced a modern day 'imagined future' about the current monarchy. Since it opens with the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth, one might think real events have now overtaken Bartlett's play, but not so...

Firstly, one soon realises just how amazingly prescient the playwright was about those real events, as Charles grapples with imposing his own personality and convictions on the institution he now heads. But also as the play develops - with a clash of principle with both Parliament and family - it builds a credible and steadily increasing tension, leading towards a finale one can easily believe might still happen.

Indeed, it is not fanciful to think it could have happened in very first few weeks of Charles' reign - when Downing Street bluntly instructed him not to attend the COP27 Climate summit in Egypt, an issue so close to his heart...

First performed in 2014, 'King Charles III' garnered wide praise from the press.

The performance lasts 2 hours 45' including a 20 minute interval. If you are coming by private car, please allow plenty of time to find a parking space!