By Mike Bartlett
Winner, 2015 London Critics' Circle Award for most sensible New Play
Queen Elizabeth II is lifeless. After a life of ready, her son ascends the throne. A way forward for energy. yet easy methods to rule?
Mike Bartlett's debatable "future historical past play" explores the folk underneath the crowns, the unwritten principles of our democracy, and the judgment of right and wrong of Britain’s most renowned family members. Drawing at the type and constitution of a Shakespearean heritage play, King Charles III opened at London’s Almeida Theatre, directed through its inventive Director Rupert Goold, in 2014, prior to shifting to the West finish. This remarkable, provocative play has stunned and delighted audiences and critics alike, and may move to Broadway in Fall 2015.
"Dazzling... the main engrossing, pleasing and insightful new background play in decades." - New York Times
"Outstanding and provocative... the main magnificent, gripping and wickedly exciting piece of lèse-majesté that British theatre has ever seen." - Telegraph
"Bold, remarkable and unstoppably entertaining... An clever, empathetic, relocating examine the ability and boundaries of the trendy monarchy... Theatre does not get far better than this." - The Times (London)
"Extraordinary... A meaty, hilarious, dizzyingly audacious kingdom of the kingdom political thriller." - Time Out London
Mike Barlett is an Olivier Award-winning playwright whose performs were visible at theatres together with the nationwide Theatre, Royal court docket Theatre, Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres within the united kingdom, and off-Broadway in New York.
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MR EVANS. Well oft I run through current legislation Or international matters sometimes might Take precedence, but here today I thought We might commence by talking of a bill About to land upon your desk that seeks The royal approval. CHARLES. Yes? What bill d’you mean? MR EVANS. To limit future growth and mass expanse Of runways. What environmental checks There are, have long been out of date – CHARLES. You must Excuse me, much as this wants our attention, I had assumed we’d start with something else.
We’re currently negotiating still In order to progress, but here I say Importantly, that first we must defend Democracy itself, and leave aside Our diverse views on what the bill contains. So to this end, I will here make a pledge That either printed with the royal assent Or standing firm without his regal sign The measure will be law within the month. 2 CHARLES speaks from Buckingham Palace, to the people, on television. CHARLES. I’m speaking from the Palace to you all, Reluctantly, tonight. I had a hope My ministers and I could find a way To circumvent a public feud like this.
We have, she DOES. And not just fun. We have Done things that most do every day, but I Assumed were not within my compass Royal, she has unblinkered me, and op’d My eyes. The world is wider now, more depth And shape, but with this new perspective I Do only seem more trapped, more narrowed down By this, the family. I thought she might Be glowing exit from this regal hole And ’scape me from a life of humorous Periphery, but now, upset, she’s gone. Pause. WILLIAM. It is a passing mood. There will be girls To come, there always have before, but if Our father’s crisis black does shadow more I hope that I can turn, as I have always done, To you, and you’ll be there, already at My side, the pact our mother made us make As resolute as on the day was sworn.
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