King Charles III
Sunday 21st January 2018, 3pm
Director: Claire Lewis
Movement Director: Graham Brown
Production Dates: 5th - 12th May (Fringe Festival 1)
Rehearsals: commencing: A few text rehearsals and 1:1s in February/March. Full rehearsals, four times a week, will start at the beginning of April.
For more information and audition pieces, please contact Claire: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07841 115250.
Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends to the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?
Mike Bartlett’s provocative play, is ingeniously written in blank verse, mixing contemporary with classic. Don’t be put off if you haven’t worked with blank verse before; time will be spent working through the text/rhythm/style, early on in rehearsals.
I am not looking for impersonations of the characters that really exist, rather interpretations and a nod to their mannerisms.
Some characters can be played by either gender and will also play multiple roles.
King Charles III: (m) RP, principled, naive, burdened, melancholy, conscientious, 70s
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: (f) RP, devoted to Charles, protective, loyal, a bitterness/brittle, 70s
William, Duke of Cambridge: (m) RP, dutiful, diplomatic, quietly ambitious, Late 30s
Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge: (f) RP, ambitious, steely strategist, forward thinking, opinionated, pragmatic, Late 30s
Prince Henry of Wales (Harry): (m) RP, reluctant royal, in turmoil, fickle, 30s
James/Jane Reiss: (m /f) long standing Press Secretary to Charles, traditionalist, 55+
Evans, Prime Minister: (m/f) Labour Leader, rigid, dogmatic, 40+
Spencer: (m) RP, friend of Prince Harry, 30s
Cootsy: (m) RP, friend of Prince Harry, 30s
Jess: (f) republican, individual and quirky art student, unprivileged upbringing, sincere, 20s
Stevens, Leader of the Opposition: (m/f) Conservative Leader, manipulative, smooth, 40+
Sarah: (m/f) Chief Political Adviser to Evans, any age
Nick: (m/f) Communications Adviser to Evans, any age
Clive: (m) Underbutler to Charles, any age
Paul: (m/f) London Kebab Vendor, bright, upbeat, any age
Speaker of the House: (m/f) authoritative, 40+
Free Newspaper Person: (m/f) out-going, one monologue, any age
Terry: (m) Harry’s bodyguard, any age
Sir Gordon: (m) Chief of the Defence Staff, 50+
Butler: (m) Charles’ Butler, efficient, any age
(Sir) Michael: (m/f) Head of the Metropolitan Police, 50+
Television Producer: (m/f) confident, experienced, any age
Archbishop of Canterbury: (m) commanding, 50+