King Charles III

Described on Sunday November 12, 2017 at 2 pm at the Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver | 604-687-1644 | Map

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Running time is 2 hours, 45 minutes including intermission.

Described by Ingrid Turk

Written by Mike Bartlett

Directed by Kevin Bennett

His time has finally come. The queen is dead and Charles ascends the throne, at last. But is he ready for the monarchy or anarchy? When a single decision jeopardizes the trust of the prime minister and the people, revolt against the crown isn’t far behind—and Kate and William are always one step away, vying for their shot. This inventive story of a king under pressure is a clever imagining of a future not yet written and a provocative mash-up of tabloid and Shakespearean sensibilities.

Controversial in England, ”King Charles III, like all the best drama, touched a raw nerve. And it provides a gentle reminder that when the moment of succession does arrive, it will behove everyone – citizens, politicians, royals – to go carefully.” -The Guardian


King Charles III, Son of Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is Charles’ second wife and long-time consort
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is Charles’ eldest son (with Diana) and heir apparent.
Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge William’s wife, mother of George and Charlotte.
Prince Harry, Charles’ younger son (with Diana), a bachelor known for his playboy lifestyle.
James Reiss, Charles’ press secretary.
Tristan Evans, The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Labour Party.
Mrs. Stevens, Leader of the Conservative Party and of the Opposition.
A ghost haunting the palace; perhaps the spirit of Princess Diana.
Jess, a young woman from a common background, who becomes romantically involved with Prince Harry.


“King Charles III is fiction and bloody good fiction at that. It posits one possible – albeit improbable – ascension scenario while raising the issue of freedom of the press… with obvious echoes of Macbeth and King Lear, Bartlett puts Charles at the centre of the age-old controversy over who really rules the realm.”Jo Ledingham