Casting Announced for World Premiere of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III at London's Almeida Theatre

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24 Feb 2014

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, described as a "future history play" about the U.K.'s next monarch, that will begin performances April 3 at London's Almeida Theatre prior to an official opening April 10, for a run through May 31.



Rupert Goold will direct a cast that will include Katie Brayben, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Sampson, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson.

The play reunites playwright Mike Bartlett with director Rupert Goold, artistic director of the Almeida, who previously directed the premiere of his play Earthquakes in London at the National Theatre. Bartlett was also one of the writers of Decade that Goold also directed.

According to press materials, the play looks at what happens after the Queen dies. After a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne for a future of power. But how is he to rule? The play "explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family."

Bartlett's previous plays include Artefacts, Cock, Love Love Love, Bull, Chariots of Fire, Contractions, My Child, Medea and 13.

King Charles III will be designed by Tom Scutt, composed by Jocelyn Pook, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404 or visit almeida.co.uk for more details.