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King Charles III

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Members say: Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

A 2015 Olivier Award winner, 'King Charles III' is a drama of political intrigue: the Queen is dead, and after a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne. More…

A future of power lies before King Charles III…but how to rule? The controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best Play.

2h 30m | Already closed | Music Box Theatre (Midtown W)

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MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious
84
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Clever, Slow, Relevant

See it if you are interested in power politics. For me, KC was more to be admired than loved. Some strong acting and surprises, but also tedium.

Don't see it if you're expecting Shakesp (KC lacks his genius). The grandiose parts were boring. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I didn't have fun.

Also I'm catching up on reviews of shows I saw before S-S membership. I had... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Must see

See it if you love the royals!

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shakespeare.

95
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if You enjoy verse plays. You're familiar w/Shakespeare's history plays. You're familiar w/the royal family. You like political dramas.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy verse.You don't like Shakespeare's history plays.You don't care about the royal family.You don't like political drama.

90
Fine neo-shakespearean tragedy that shows the price a character/charles pays for following his conscience in country where royalty are figureheads

See it if you like Shakespearean plays and language and appreciate a brilliant performance by Tim Pigott-Smith as the beleaguered Charles

Don't see it if you don't appreciate an expository first act that builds slowly, a little too obvious foreshadowing or formulaic music; still wonderful

92
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Original

See it if you enjoy a complex, rich theatrical experience with fantastic performances and original writing--also, if you love Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Shakespearean themes or are tired of stories about the British monarchy.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Epic

See it if You like Shakespearean plays for how epic they are in scope, even if the language can bore you now and then.

Don't see it if You are interested in lighter, less thought-provoking fare.

61
Ambitious, Slow, Original

See it if You love (faux) Shakespeare and plots about British royalty.

Don't see it if You don't like complicated Shakespearean language in a modern plot. I found it quite boring but many enjoy it.

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if you want to see a fascinating historical drama examining the future. See this if you want to see an original play with fantastic acting.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shakespearian verse, long British dramas, or the Royal Family.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy structured and formulaic language (think Shakespeare) and a complicated but riveting family historical/future drama

Don't see it if you want an easy experience; something that doesn't require deep listening and analysis

68
Clever, Disappointing, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you want to see a great script.

Don't see it if you want to see natural performance of heightened text.

94
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Original

See it if How clever. Very underrated. Go see this one. The acting... wow!

Don't see it if You don't like British fare.

81
Absorbing, Well acted, Original

See it if Speculating on what so many wonder, the future of the British monarchy. After all these years in waiting, will Charles ever be king?

Don't see it if If you like history, find the crown a bit interesting, the story will intrigue..

95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Original, Great writing, Shakespearean

See it if you want a well-written drama, you wish Shakespeare would write a new play, and/or you are a Royal Watcher.

Don't see it if you prefer theater with lighter themes.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if would like to see a well done futuristic drama based on Britain's Royal Family with a twist of Shakespearean innuendos.

Don't see it if do not like dramas based on the Royal Family or if you despise Shakespeare.

68
Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare's histories.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, you are a fan of realism.

94
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you've ever enjoyed even a moment of a Shakespearean History, watched William & Kate get married, or want metered plays to make a come back

Don't see it if you are politically disengaged. Hate alternate history or ending scenes with rhyming couplets.

Also Aside from A View From A Bridge, this was the best play I saw all seas... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if What if? True actors.

Don't see it if Have disdain for the monarchy....well, maybe reason to see.

73
Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want insight into the English mindset and thoughtful writing

Don't see it if You're in the mood for light-hearted fare!

87
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if you’re looking for contemporary royal politics presented in Shakespearean verse ... and working brilliantly!

Don't see it if you hate the fascination with the royal family.

92
Fascinating, Superbly written, Entertaining, Outstanding acting, Creative staging

See it if Fine British drama exquisitely rendered but a great cast and fine director.

Don't see it if You don't like to think.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a truly challenging and absorbing play.

Don't see it if you're not up to the task or don't want something that requires attention and thoughtful viewing.

67
Intriguing, Shakespearean, Great staging, Not compelling

See it if You are intrigued by the notion of a Shakespearean (language, characterizations, oblique references) to a modern plot.

Don't see it if You need to care deeply about the characters or outcomes. The premise of why King C does what he does didn't grip and I didn't care.

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you wonder what might happen when Elizabeth dies. If you are an Anglophile and love British royalty

Don't see it if If you are not remotely interested in British royalty.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if Shakespearean epic tales of power and betrayal are your cup of tea! Brilliant writing and performances make for thrilling theatre!

Don't see it if you hate wordy plays with little action and not much spectacle. This is pretty cerebral fare.

92
Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Original, Intelligent

See it if you like history, politics and great language and especially if you know Shakespeare's history plays.

Don't see it if have no interest in or knowledge of the English political system or the royal family.


November 1st, 2015
"Mike Bartlett's flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarchy in crisis blazed open Sunday. Any echoes you may infer regarding a certain Danish prince are entirely appropriate to this dazzlingly presumptuous drama...Directed with fiery wit and rushing momentum by Rupert Goold...What could have been ...
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November 1st, 2015
"It’s political soap opera with soaring rhetoric. Still, Bartlett sets the bar so high, there’s room to quibble that some characters are underwritten...Bartlett’s otherwise bravura text also might have stalled if Rupert Goold’s staging weren’t so passionately acted and gorgeously designed...Galva...
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November 1st, 2015
"Mike Bartlett’s 'King Charles III' is breathtakingly audacious and a lot of nasty fun…Tim Pigott-Smith looks relatively little like Charles; he is nevertheless masterfully convincing in the role…In the end, 'King Charles III' justifies its chutzpah even as it flies off the rails in the chaotic p...
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November 1st, 2015
"Rupert Goold's expertly crafted production hums …Bartlett lays careful groundwork for a surprisingly gripping and original political thriller...The majestically human central performance without which the conceit would crumble is Pigott-Smith's as Charles, wisely sidestepping impersonation for m...
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