The BBC2 and PBS screen adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III will air May 14 on Masterpiece on PBS. Watch the trailer above, featuring the late Tim Pigott-Smith in the lead role.
Pigott-Smith, who reprised his role as King Charles from the Broadway staging, passed away at age 70 earlier this year. In addition to a Tony nomination, he received an Olivier nod for his performance.
King Charles III premiered at the Almeida Theatre in April 2014 before transferring to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre and, subsequently, the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.
The Olivier Award-winning Best Play 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.
Written in Shakespearean-style verse by Bartlett and directed by Rupert Goold, King Charles III was nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Play. The Broadway engagement began previews October 10, 2015, and officially opened November 1. The limited engagement ended January 31, 2016.
The BBC/Masterpiece co-production features an adaptation by playwright Bartlett and direction by Goold.
In addition to Pigott-Smith, the cast also features 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 film will also air on BBC2 May 10 at 9 PM in the U.K.
For more information visit PBS.org/wgbh/masterpiece.
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