King Charles III

November 5, 2016

January 15, 2017

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

by Mike Bartlett
directed by Gary Griffin

 A must-see in a time when anything can deserves to be a big holiday hit.

Chicago Tribune

Absolutely fabulous. The play serves as a fascinating complement to the current political scene.

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

Charles. Camilla. William. Kate. Harry. One family holds the future of Great Britain in its hands. But what will it be? The Queen is dead. The “King-in-waiting” finally ascends the throne. Defying centuries of tradition, Charles boldly attempts to reassert the crown’s power, landing himself—and his country—in a royal mess. Celebrated British actor and Downton Abbey favorite Robert Bathurst takes on the title role in this provocative, insightful political drama. Much like Shakespeare’s captivating history plays, here the men and women of the world’s most famous royal family are revealed to be far more fascinating and complex than their tabloid depictions. After successful productions on London’s West End and Broadway, the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Play makes its highly anticipated Chicago premiere. 



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About the Playwright

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Critical Acclaim

“Director Gary Griffin's superbly staged production is deeper and better than the Broadway production."
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The Players

Creative Team

Mike Bartlett Writer

Gary Griffin Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Alan Schwanke Associate Scenic Designer

Mara Blumenfeld Costume Designer

Philip Rosenberg Lighting Designer

Joel Shier Lighting Designer

Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen Sound Designer

Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer

Eva Breneman Dialect Coach


Robert Bathurst King Charles III

Sarah Chalcroft Diana / Free Newspaper Woman / Ensemble

Jordan Dean Prince William

Amanda Drinkall Kate Middleton

Sean Fortunato Mr. Evans

Rae Gray Jess

Lawrence Grimm Clive / Sir Gordon / Speaker of the House

Jen Johansen Sarah / TV Producer

David Lively Mr. Stevens

Grant Niezgodski Ensemble

Jeff Parker Butler / Ensemble

Sam Pearson Couttsey / Sir Michael / Ensemble

Tyrone Phillips Ensemble

Kate Skinner Camilla

Megan Storti Ensemble

Demetrios Troy Spencer / Paul / Ensemble

Jonathan Weir James Reiss

Alec Manley Wilson Prince Harry

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