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King Charles III NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, 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.

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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. Read more

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.

Critic Reviews (76)

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 only a cleverly executed stunt is instead an intellectually and emotionally gripping study of the strangely enduring anachronism that is the British monarchy."
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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...Galvanizing and astonishing, 'King Charles III' doesn’t just send you back to Shakespeare’s histories; it makes you want to write one."
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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 plotting of Act Two. You are engaged by its intrigue and moved, almost against your will, by its characters, then somewhat trampled by the onrush of events required to produce its powerful final tableau."
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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 more nuanced character study…That makes him a figure of enormous pathos and lends Shakespearean dimensions to the play's chilling finale."
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November 2nd, 2015

"Watching 'King Charles III' is like looking at the topographical landscape of a familiar world, one which we faintly recognize despite not having yet seen. It is as fresh, as thrilling, and as awesome as an undiscovered country."
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November 1st, 2015

"This is no playful pastiche. From the moment the play opens it’s clear that grave issues are involved…The suspense is killing. The play is dead serious. The direction is pitiless. And the supporting cast is superb. But Pigott-Smith is phenomenal, not only capturing the guarded manner and haunted look of the Prince of Wales, but portraying a sense of human goodness and character nobility that can either elevate a monarch or damn him to oblivion."
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November 1st, 2015

"Not only does Bartlett (and his skillful director Rupert Goold) imagine a tale of serious shenanigans within Buckingham Palace; he does so with an ear finely tuned to a theme of the moment…Pigott-Smith’s face betrays every flicker of emotion, from elation to determination and shocking defeat..The actor will stay in your mind long after his crumpled, prone body has been consumed by the mob not outside, but within his rarefied circle."
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November 5th, 2015

"Bartlett's quite brilliant play offers an entrancing if apocalyptically chaotic vision of the royal follies yet to come, once Elizabeth is gone…On this side of the Atlantic, the play, directed by Rupert Goold, gains certain interesting echoes.”
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November 1st, 2015

"Under the smooth direction of Rupert Goold, 'King Charles III' is an entertaining, provocative, highly stylized thriller. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing more playwrights experiment with age-old devices and apply "what if?" scenarios to contemporary politics. Tim Pigott-Smith is fully animated as Charles, depicting his tragic journey from pondering figurehead to dangerous autocrat. It's the kind of performance you'd call Shakespearean in scope."
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November 2nd, 2015

"With spots of humor mixed in, Bartlett’s 'King Charles III' raises that age old question – why and how does the British royal family still exist? And if we get no easy answers, Rupert Goold’s sterling company treats us to the most entertaining story of palace intrigue this side of the Renaissance."
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November 1st, 2015

"It's a bold experiment with form and content that pays off in delightful and unexpected ways…Pigott-Smith leads the cast with the kind of overwrought intensity we've come to expect from tragic Shakespearean kings…Rupert Goold directs the production with simultaneous efficiency and grandeur…Granted, this extrapolated form doesn't always translate to Bartlett's chosen subject."
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November 1st, 2015

"You might call Mike Bartlett's abundantly clever and thoroughly engaging 'King Charles III' the history play Shakespeare might have written if he were still cranking them out late in the 21st Century…The play may be all talk, but within that talk is plenty of action, and director Rupert Goold's brisk and suspenseful production is an engaging adventure...By taking a peek into the future, 'King Charles III' is history-making fun."
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November 12th, 2015

"A work of considerable wit and high style, 'King Charles III' is best enjoyed for the audacity of its conception, the formal brilliance of its verse dialogue, and a gallery of characters brought to life by an unusually gifted cast. Presiding over it all is Tim Pigott-Smith, whose Charles is a confounding, yet utterly convincing, mixture of self-doubt and arrogance…In its later stretches, the play occasionally seems tendentious, even a tad too certain of its importance."
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November 1st, 2015

"This combination of a sweeping larger view and a probing intimacy lets Bartlett craft a surprisingly deep and thoroughly involving play that both lives up to its dramatic forebears and feels freshly minted and necessary…Bartlett does occasionally overextend himself, but overall it's disciplined, blistering writing that earns the pride of place it's set for itself. All this is melded with an excellent cast, many of whom look like the spitting images of their real-world counterparts."
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November 2nd, 2015

"'King Charles III' is a terrific offering for this Broadway season. It’s juicy, smart, and skilled. That said, I couldn’t recommend it for everyone. I suspect the larger-than-normal and noticeable 'should we leave?' faces at intermission are an indication. There were some empty seats in Act II. Those that stay and thrive on this might be Shakespeare fans/appreciators. For them I say, get thee to see 'King Charles III.'"
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November 8th, 2015

"Bartlett’s script is devoid of fat. For all its referential ties to the bard of Avon, it never seems pretentious or overblown. And the plot flows smoothly to its unavoidable conclusion…Pigott-Smith’s powerful performance is so rich it’s mesmerizing. A dark rainbow of ultimately desperate hues, he brings shaded nuance to a drama beautifully written and directed."
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November 1st, 2015

"It’s an absorbing, potent drama for anyone — American or British — who appreciates original playwriting, superb acting and exciting staging… Director Rupert Goold keeps the high drama of the climactic betrayals that ultimately surface from being predictable and overly melodramatic…'King Charles III' is a long play, but you won't be checking your watch. Long Live this King!"
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November 6th, 2015

"Bartlett has created a Shakespeare for our times, writing in a fluid iambic pentameter that mingles formal locutions with contemporary colloquialisms and scene-ending rhymed couplets. Using striking soliloquies and a healthy splash of humor, he weaves the political, personal, and familial conflicts together in a marvelously integrated dramatic narrative that subtly incorporates echoes of King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II, Richard III, and Henry IV."
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November 17th, 2015

"Even if you’re not one of the rare Americans fascinated with Britain’s Royal Family, Mike Bartlett’s 'King Charles III,' is likely to have you riveted for 2 ½ hours. With its superb acting, accessible yet elegant language, and thought-provoking plot twists, 'King Charles III' proves to not only be a royal treat, but one of Broadway’s finest offerings this year."
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November 1st, 2015

“Director Rupert Goold has deepened the sense of an Elizabethan drama with a superb cast, led by Tim Pigott-Smith…The acting helps elevate the plot to the feel of tragedy, despite some tabloid-tawdry goings-on…'King Charles III' was ecstatically received in London. The British critics were largely adoring, one observing that the play 'raises fascinating questions about the future of the monarchy.' I don’t find the questions so fascinating."
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November 5th, 2015

"Mike Bartlett’s 'King Charles III' is like an adult fantasy done Dr. Seuss style (iambic pentameter) with a plot that makes no sense…This whole cast is simply marvelous…Maybe, I am not so mesmerized by the Brits, especially Charles. Maybe, if I was going to hear iambic pentameter, I’d rather read the book. Maybe, the King has no clothes and I just can’t buy the Kool-Aid.”
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November 1st, 2015

"A splendid provocation and a really fine play… I don’t think it will surprise anyone, least of all Bartlett, to say that he lacks Shakespeare’s gift for figuration and metaphor…If some of the middle feels workmanlike, the ending has poignancy and heft. There is a moment in the final scene that invites and earns audience gasps...Bartlett’s dark vision of a monarchy no longer content with being quite so ceremonial deserves a long Broadway reign."
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November 2nd, 2015

"The persuasive grand manner with which the cast members perform as if vitalizing Shakespeare is notable... American audiences aren’t always as likely to be as electrified as their other-side-of-the-Atlantic counterparts, but Bartlett’s bold play remains utterly irresistible, a must-see."
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October 29th, 2015

"The splendid production, fluidly directed by Rupert Goold, has a simple but effective set...The play has interesting things to say about the role of royalty in the 21st century and the current state of life in the UK. However, if you are not a devoted Anglophile or an avid follower of the royal family, you may find the evening a bit tedious."
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November 1st, 2015

"'King Charles III' is smashingly good. Here is a new Shakespearean tragedy, and one at which you won't likely be dozing off…The entire cast, imported for the occasion, is admirable. Bartlett more than exceeds his promise with 'King Charles III.' Goold provides a stunning Shakespearean production…The tragic tale makes first-rate theatre, though, measuring up to its progenitors. A canny conceit, done exceptionally well."
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November 1st, 2015

"'King Charles III’ has a smarmy appeal for theatergoers who’ve never read People magazine…Many of the characters start to spout Hamlet Lite by using the word ‘thus’ a lot…Something truly Shakespearean, however, happens during intermission under Rupert Goold’s slow-burn direction…In a powerhouse performance, Pigott-Smith switches gears too. His befuddled light touch, making him a straw monarch in the first act, digs deep to reveal a truly heroic gravitas in the second."
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November 6th, 2015

"A royal thriller of epic proportions. From betrayal, greed, power, love, and familiar woes, Bartlett covers it all. And in stunning fashion...It’s an ambitious endeavor in which he undoubtedly succeeds…Just when you thought the story couldn’t get better, Bartlett offers even more…'King Charles III' may appear daunting but it is a must see for theater lovers and theater goers alike. It would be a shame if the Bartlett’s future history doesn’t get recognized come Tony season."
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November 9th, 2015

"The production’s greatest strength is the impressive degree of commitment put forth by the cast...The audience, never for a moment, doubts the truth on stage. Whether or not you will enjoy this truth depends on how much you agree with the decisions, in terms of balance, made by playwright Mike Bartlett and director Rupert Goold and, of course, how much you care about British politics."
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November 1st, 2015

"I felt tossed around by the inconsistent tone and confusing intentions in what is cleverly subtitled 'a future history play'... The faux sequel to Shakespeare's history plays is expertly performed, especially by Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles, and stylishly directed with stark pomp by Rupert Goold. Ultimately, however, the play feels more trivial than its pretense wants us to believe…Bartlett can't resist having too much fun with the well-known personalities."
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November 2nd, 2015

"The play is undoubtedly a wholly different sort of exercise in front of a London audience — a dramatized, dystopian vision of a not completely far-fetched future. Forget what little (or how much) you know about the royal family IRL, and the two-and-a-half hours’ traffic of their stage may grow tedious."
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November 2nd, 2015

"Much of the dialogue is in blank verse. It's not great poetry, but it's wittily effective in linking the play to Shakespeare's great history dramas...'King Charles III' is quite wordy and likely more accessible across the ocean, but it's also unusually imaginative and a surprising bit of fun."
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November 11th, 2015

"Starring Tim Pigott-Smith in a riveting performance as Charles, the play makes a Shakespearean tragedy out of the current monarchy...Rupert Goold directs a stellar cast, while Jocelyn Pook's music underscores both the solemnity and isolation of monarchy. Bartlett calls his work a 'future history play.' And while it may be fantasy, it makes for compelling theater."
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November 1st, 2015

“'King Charles III' is charged, exciting theater, and its star is every inch a king…It’s a bracingly suspenseful for a story that hinges on a parliamentary bill…Were Pigott-Smith not so effective in conveying Charles’s convictions, this narrative would crumble like a day-old scone. As matters are, though, Charles’s heavy-handed actions feel wholly imaginable…’King Charles III’ is a scandalous good time that leaves you questioning the relevancy of the monarchy."
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November 9th, 2015

"While Goold does good in helming this new play/ The end drags on, though ain't that just Will's way?/It's smart and sad and fun barely legal:/A history play whose future is regal."
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November 8th, 2015

"Connecting on multiple levels, watching 'King Charles III' is akin to taking a political science master’s class. Filled with imagery and symbolism, the story is told in a perfect Shakespearian setting from the first moment of the play to the last...Rupert Goold’s direction is very strong throughout, taking the principal characters, many of whom are public figures as well as frequent objects of parody or caricature, and making them, if not always fully formed, completely interesting."
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November 3rd, 2015

"In Bartlett’s smartly written and exquisitely performed drama, royal authority is challenged, familial drama complicates matters, and the power of language and what we are freely allowed to express are deftly explored. Impeccable pacing, steady direction, and the magic of superb acting create an evening of spectacle-free theatricality that is as impressive as it is entertaining. Let it be decreed, only a silly fool would dare miss an audience with 'King Charles III.'"
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November 1st, 2015

"It crackles with intrigue and ideas...A splendid Tim Pigott-Smith reprises his role as King Charles III…Rupert Goold keeps things so gripping that at one recent preview, audience members wouldn’t even cough during the final scenes…This play marks Bartlett’s Broadway debut and it’s a thunderously good one. 'King Charles III' is ingenuous, intelligent and intriguing. Forget the king: Long live the playwright!"
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January 4th, 2016

"A future history play. Sounds implausible, but playwright has crafted exactly that. 'King Charles III' is epic and provocative, just like the classic Shakespearean history plays, , and, like a history play, is written as a look back on an exceptional moment in history. Unlike most history plays, though, nothing depicted in the play has actually happened...yet."
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November 8th, 2015

"Rupert Goold directs everything at a gripping pace, which is no easy task with subject matter this epic and thorny. One wonders if the show could have been polished, with the aid of an American co-director, to trim the unnecessary subplots. To audiences in Britain or any Commonwealth nation, 'King Charles III' is heady, provocative stuff. In America, however, the complicated political narrative and convoluted back story limit its appeal. However, 'King Charles III' is still a masterpiece. Love live the king."
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January 7th, 2016

"This play is both original and classic in a way that blows my mind...This play is written in iambic pentameter, and never has Shakespeare felt so relevant...You might imagine that the use of iambic pentameter would start off clever and then lose its charm, but the opposite happens — this speech pattern adds weight to the characters’ lines which feels increasingly fitting as the intensity rises."
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November 9th, 2015

"This is an engaging, thought-provoking play, that falls a bit short of the goals it sets for itself…On the upside, playwright Mike Bartlett delves very intelligently into the paradoxes of being a monarch in a 21st Century constitutional monarchy…The problem is, Bartlett has to really push credibility to make his points...All in all, 'King Charles III' is expertly put together, and well worth seeing."
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T
November 16th, 2015

"Often effective pageantry doesn't prop up the ginned-up national crisis at the play's center. The second act, in which very little happens dramatically, is often excruciating to sit through…'King Charles III' falls far short of Shakespeare's miraculous ability to juggle multiple plots and slip effortlessly between high tragedy and low comedy. Happily, the cast, which avoids easy caricature, is smashingly good."
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November 1st, 2015

"Whether the play enjoys the same level of success in New York that it has in London depends greatly on how much audiences grasp the premise and allow themselves to be immersed in family politics. There is a lot of inside baseball (or perhaps cricket) driving the action, but the roles and the way the deeply talented cast execute them provide theatre at its best."
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December 9th, 2015

"Playwright Mike Bartlett has woven a tale that plays like a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions...For 'King Charles III' to be fully realized as a rousing theatrical drama the actor playing the newly anointed king must be electrifying in his portrayal and Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles does just that. This is a tour de force performance that is full of anger, agony, indecision, and personal suffering. The rest of the cast is equally compelling...'King Charles III' is an absorbing and spellbinding drama."
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November 23rd, 2015

"The fact that this 'future history play' has been written in verse shows a daring and a rarely found understanding of the sweep and beauty of the English language. Director Rupert Goold has created a production that will very likely be discussed at length both now and well into the future...But more than anything else, it’s the performers who shine."
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November 13th, 2015

"'King Charles III' is a clever piece of British theatre which clearly could delight anyone obsessed with stories about British royalty...Now, this piece is a full 2 hours and 30 minutes. I believe it could have been really great if a good 40 minutes were cut out. Seriously...There was just too much talking and dialogue that felt tedious, at best...It’s not that I don’t have the attention span, it’s just that some of these plays simply don’t warrant the overwriting. Clever, funny, too long."
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Z
November 1st, 2015

"Not a solid foundation for great drama, so Bartlett creates characters as imaginatively as he does plot and the result is good clean royal fun. This isn’t to say that the play is perfect, and some of its conceits strain. Characters speak, at times, in blank verse...It’s not easy to out-Shakespeare Shakespeare. But there is plenty that is very good about the production."
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November 14th, 2015

"What a brilliantly constructed piece of theatre 'King Charles III' is...The language in this production is as thrilling as the plot. Told in blank verse, there are several nods to our greatest dramatist...The writing, acting, music and staging combine to make this a really entertaining piece of what-if drama. It’s provocative and subversive. It’s tragic and funny."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Dense, rich and surprisingly serious about the business of monarchy, 'King Charles III' barely falters...Consistently amusing and impressively even-handed. It does not pillory the Windsors for easy laughs, but nor is it a veiled apology for royalty either. Instead, it artfully exposes the impossible dilemma of monarchy in the 21st century."
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"Mike Bartlett’s 'King Charles III' has what sounds like an ideal formal device up his sleeve. He has written this self-styled “future history play” in blank verse, thereby echoing Shakespeare’s history plays about past kings. Too bad, therefore, that his execution and Rupert Goold’s production are only fitfully as strong as the play’s headline-grabbing concept...A plodding approach to exposition — all talk, no action — and overly explanatory dialogue bedevils much of the lengthy and slack first half...The shorter second half, in which the dramatic means are overtaken by plot machinations, is far more successful."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"The Shakespearean feel of the play, including blank verse, add to the atmosphere and in fact heightens the drama. Director Rupert Goold does a fantastic job of ensuring the pace remains at a steady speed, with drama and comedy thrown together to create a mesmerising production."
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April 10th, 2014
For a previous production

"Director Rupert Goold gets great performances from his cast, totally believable and involving. The play has everything: a serious subject with articulate, passionate speakers and tinged with a humour, gentler than satire, about this royal family. We don't award stars but this would be 5 stars if we did!"
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"Bartlett’s deliciously smart invention is as much about our theatrical heritage as it is about the threatened traditions of monarchy. Taking Shakespeare’s histories as its model, the play’s form is wrapped up in the same contradiction as our Janus-like nation: both new and old, looking backwards and forwards at the same time...it’s a compelling start to a fresh national conversation about monarchy, democracy and that most elusive and problematic of qualities – Britishness."
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M
April 16th, 2014
For a previous production

"'It looks like a nifty little joke – a mock-Shakespearean history play, written almost entirely blank verse, looking ahead to the heir apparent’s ascension – but it turns out to be much, much more. It turns out to be a takedown of the entire British establishment. In fact, it turns out to be the best British play since Jez Butterworth’s 'Jerusalem.'"
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"The play offers a meditation on monarchy and uses a dense tissue of Shakespearean references to acquire a tragic dimension. Goold’s superb production shows how memorable effects can be achieved through grouping. There is nothing morally simplistic about a play that raises urgent issues about the monarchy’s future role."
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"The action acquires an unstoppable momentum. There is also a what-if fascination to seeing how a future king might exercise long-dormant powers, invoke army support and leave the country bitterly divided. In short, Bartlett's play gets significantly better as it goes along and makes greater use of Shakespearean resonances."
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"'It's rivetingly imaginative stuff, and chillingly credible, too...The result feels like an insightful history play for today. It is equally full of wit and character, with a personal tragedy at its centre. Directed with incredible momentum by Goold, and magnificently cast and acted throughout, it makes for a truly wonderful theatrical evening."
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October 3rd, 2014
For a previous production

"If you’re not interested in the Royal Family, the way we are governed and the future of both the monarchy and the country – or for that matter, being royally entertained and stimulated – then do feel free to ignore 'King Charles III.' If, on the other hand, any of the above applies, then attendance is pretty much compulsory."
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"The plotting is witty but what makes 'King Charles III' special is the delivery. Bartlett has written this futuristic fantasy as a high-class pastiche of Shakespeare, complete with heightened, poetic language and plotlines borrowed from a dozen or more of the Bard's finest works. This must have presented a challenge but is pulled off with élan."
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"Written largely in cod blank verse, with many witty echoes of Shakespeare's history plays, Bartlett's speculative drama is a more studied and politically thoughtful act of lese-majeste. Rupert Goold's pitch-perfect production...is up there with Shaw's' Apple Cart,''
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"It unfolds like a history play and is littered with moments that self-consciously recall Shakespeare’s dramas. It’s very clever and emphasises throughout that this is a playful drama – a 'what if?' construction. A difficult style to pull off but director Rupert Goold handles it with tremendous flair and wit. Thought-provoking, serious fun."
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May 17th, 2014
For a previous production

"It’s not a great play, nor is it a play likely to have a long life or endless revivals – but it is a magnificent theatrical spectacle for this decade, this time. For now. It evokes the spirit of Shakespeare and thereby gives itself a heightened sense of importance. The play is a genuine thriller, with twists and turns that are both wholly unexpected and ravishingly intricate and enthralling...This is theatrical alchemy of the rarest kind."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Bartlett writes for the most part in blank verse. It brings to mind Shakespeare’s history plays, but there are also echoes of 'Macbeth' and, increasingly and poignantly, 'Lear.' There are confident performances all round in Rupert Goold’s stylish production. This is undoubtedly one of the most stimulating plays of the year."
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"It would have been so, so easy to tackle this subject matter through a more straightforward drama. Director Rupert Goold took a big gamble in choosing to adopt such a provocative style, knowing that it might (and probably will) divide audiences. But if theatre is going to survive, even thrive in such a competitive world of entertainment, it needs to be brave and relevant. It needs to take risks. 'King Charles III' is a massive, massive risk - which really plays off. I loved it - moving, relevant, controversial and superb."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Mike Bartlett's extraordinary play may be speculative drama but it is closer to reality than fantasy. And in director Rupert Goold's immaculate production it resonates with a scrupulous topicality. The plot is simple, the extrapolation sophisticated...Bartlett's even-handedness turns what might have been republican agitprop into a revolutionary epic that throbs with humanity. Just wonderful."
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October 3rd, 2014
For a previous production

"The play revolves around real-life people who have been caricatured endlessly, yet turns them into flesh-and-blood human beings. It posits a future scenario, but never slips off the rails into apocalyptic fantasy or satire. It is a gripping evening of theater, a rare contemporary play with real tragic vision, and easily the most sophisticated political drama I have ever seen."
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April 11th, 2014
For a previous production

"It is the most spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining piece of lèse-majesté that British theatre has ever seen and I have to admit I enjoyed every minute of it. the play manages to be moving as well as funny, and is given a superb, high-definition production by Rupert Goold."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"What a brave piece of work this is from Mike Bartlett and director Rupert Goold, fully deserving of its must-see status. In an age when the mere idea of a play about monarchy inspires images of sepia-toned banality, they serve up a gripping 'future history' of the Windsors that is Shakespearean in scale and operatic in drama."
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B
September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"It’s a whip-smart script, playing on both the dangers of complacency and the equal and opposite danger of getting what you want. That Charles has unwittingly and hubristically created his own downfall is obvious, but who treacherously steps in to the power vacuum as he falls is a terrific surprise. 'King Charles III' is a triumph. Sharp, terrifying, wise, and all-too-likely."
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September 27th, 2014
For a previous production

"Nothing in this show makes sense... I suspect that the director Rupert Goold ruled out a straight impersonation for fear the show might stray into caricature. Or become entertaining. Heaven forbid. A comedy in the West End! It’s such a shame. A script that breezily defames the royals ought to be great fun, but this cheerless, overblown little play seems to have been created by political numbskulls for those of similar calibre."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Bartlett works these winningly Shakespearean cartoons into a cunning pastiche of a history play, the royals speaking in blank verse, with some splendid exit lines. The 'Spitting Imagery' is kept just enough at bay by the thought in the writing."
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L
September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Get thee to the Wyndham’s, for future history is being minted — and solid gold it be...Though perhaps the first half be light,the plot soon transforms and a constitutional crisis envelops the Windsor clan, driving the drama forward til it be as satisfying as a St Swithin’s Day banquet. Wisdom replaces waggish wit and things turn tragi-comical...The play’s the thing and indeed it does catch the conscience of the (future?) king."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Mike Bartlett’s writing is as clever as it is engrossing. Bartlett displays a masterful grasp of the iambic pentameter, writing fresh, clean Shakespearian verse, paying homage to the Bard and his work through witty, subtle and unexpected references to well-known Shakespearian characters and scenes. 'King Charles III' is majestic."
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April 14th, 2014
For a previous production

"Outrageous, boundary pushing stuff! Lots of fun to watch, terrific acting, splendid setting and the unique opportunity to see the Royal Family fighting each other in front of your very eyes...The Shakespearean verses may sometimes feel forced and the costumes didn’t get changed that much, but perhaps this was just a stylistic choice...Another winner by Bartlett and Goold. Not one to miss, if you can get hold of tickets."
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September 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Writing iambic pentameter peppered with pop references is a masterstroke: this is a play that looks like the future and sounds like the past; the perfect form to portray the royal family. Rupert Goold has classily directed a state-of-the-nation play. You need to see this one now: it’s too hotly topical to last...It’s theatrical dynamite, nonetheless."
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December 15th, 2014
For a previous production

"The dialogue is rich and complex throughout, with moments of grand, Elizabethan drama and thoughtful soliloquies. It’s brilliant. It’s funny too. No character is good or evil, and the play’s refusal to cast judgment on such divisive material is to its strength. 'King Charles III' is a rare thing: a play that’s tackles a controversial subject without being hectoring or dogmatic. If you only see one play next year, make it this one."
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This family-friendly show celebrates the power of percussion and the sheer joy of banging on things.

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Open run
NYC: Midtown W

An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and then tries to corral others into…

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Opens Aug 09
NYC: Upper W Side

Shakespeare in the Park is back this summer with Jocelyn Bioh's joyous adaptation of "Merry Wives."

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