Tim Pigott-Smith Will Reprise Title Role in TV Adaptation of Olivier-Winning King Charles III

News   Tim Pigott-Smith Will Reprise Title Role in TV Adaptation of Olivier-Winning King Charles III
The film is a co-production between the BBC and PBS’ Masterpiece.
Tim Pigott-Smith in King Charles III Joan Marcus

Tim Pigott-Smith, who starred in London and on Broadway in Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, the Olivier Award-winning Best Play that imagines a future in which Britain's current Queen Elizabeth II has passed away and her son, the current Prince Charles, has assumed the throne, will reprise his work in the title role for the small screen, according to Deadline.com.

Written in Shakespearean-style verse by Bartlett and directed by Rupert Goold, King Charles III transferred to New York following an acclaimed London run. It began previews October 10, 2015, and officially opened November 1. Its limited engagement ended January 31, 2016, at the Music Box Theatre.

The BBC/Masterpiece co-production will feature an adaptation by playwright Bartlett and direction by Goold. Filming is expected to begin later this month; the 90-minute film will air on BBC Two in 2017. An American air date has not been announced.

In addition to Pigott-Smith, the cast, according to the industry website, will also feature Charlotte Riley as Kate Middleton, Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry, and Margot Leicester as Camilla with Priyanga Burford and Tamara Lawrance.

“The Queen is dead,” press notes stated for the Broadway production. “After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne. A future of power lies before him...but how to rule?” The plot imagines a clash between the newly ascended King Charles and Parliament over a measure to restrict freedom of the press that divides the nation—and the Royal Family.

King Charles III was nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Play.

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