King Charles III

  • Dates: April 12, 2018 - April 29, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Venue: Burning Coal Theatre
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Phone: 919.834.4001
  • Times: Thurs.-Sat. 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm
  • Admission: Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $20, Students $15; all Thursday Tickets $15


Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London in April of 2014, directed by Rupert Goold, and featuring music by composer Jocelyn Pook, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti, and design by Tom Scutt. Tim Pigott-Smith starred as the eponymous Charles, and the production also featured Margot Leicester as Camilla, Oliver Chris as Prince William, Lydia Wilson as Kate, Richard Goulding as Prince Harry, Adam James as the Prime Minister, and Nicholas Rowe as the Leader of the Opposition. Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III opened to rave reception upon opening, with The New York Times calling it “flat out brilliant,” “dazzlingly presumptuous ,” and finally, “this splendid, high-reaching and utterly unexpected play.”

King Charles III, described as a “future history play,” speculatively peers into the not-so-distant future: the future in which, in the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Prince of Wales has ascended to the role and royal title of King.  The crown has finally come to the patiently waiting former Prince, but other forces have been waiting, too. . . waiting for a monarch whom they believe will not stand in the way of a proposed and most undemocratic law.