King Charles III Comes to Masterpiece
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What happens when Queen Elizabeth dies? What will Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne look like in the years ahead? The hit Broadway show King Charles III has been adapted for television and will air Sunday, May 14, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16.
The play was a 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play and the show features the late Tim Pigott-Smith, who died on April 7. Pigott-Smith starred in multiple Masterpiece productions, including Downton Abbey and The Jewel in the Crown.
Written in blank verse by Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Doctor Who) and directed by Rupert Goold (The Hollow Crown), King Charles III focuses on the crisis-strewn transition of power after the eventual death of Queen Elizabeth II, currently the longest-serving monarch in British history. For his part, Charles is the longest heir-in-waiting ever, and Bartlett envisions the turmoil that rocks the monarchy when his turn finally comes.
This production of King Charles III also stars Oliver Chris (Breathless) as Charles’s heir, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Charlotte Riley (In the Heart of the Sea, Peaky Blinders) as William’s bride, Kate; Richard Goulding (Ripper Street) as Charles’s younger son, Prince Harry; Tamara Lawrance (Undercover) as Harry’s love interest and self-proclaimed revolutionary, Jess Edwards; Margot Leicester (MI-5) as Charles’s doting wife, Camilla; and Adam James (Grantchester, Doctor Foster) as the polished British prime minister, Tristan Evans.
The original London staging of King Charles III won Best New Play accolades from both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. Moving across the Atlantic, it garnered five Tony® nominations during its Broadway run. The New York Times hailed the production as “flat-out brilliant … dazzlingly presumptuous.” The film version of the play will be presented in one, 90-minute show.