King Charles III by Mike Bartlett

Saturday 5th - Saturday 12th May

Isn’t it funny how things go sometimes?  I was all prepped and raring to go with Love’s Labour’s Lostthis season and then we discovered another production was coming to town. Just by chance, at the same time, Mike Bartlett’s multi-award winning play, King Charles III, was released for amateur performance. What a gift!

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 controversial and critically-acclaimed play explores the people beneath the crown, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

Cleverly written in Shakespearean verse style, the play reveals Bartlett's fictional possibilities of what occurs after the Queen's death. Charles, her heir presumptive, lays out his strategy for his style of constitutional monarchy, immediately clashing with his Government and legislation designed to limit the freedom of the press, plunging the royal family and the nation into conflict and disarray.

The characters of the Royals, their advisers, government ministers and ordinary people are laid bare. Prince Harry - a playboy prince, or is there more depth to him; the Duchess of Cambridge - dutiful wife, or scheming manipulator;  Prince William - content to be second-in-line to the throne, or heavily committed to preserving Brand Windsor; King Charles, himself, a force for good or an irrelevance?

The piece bristles with contemporary themes, from the phone hacking scandal to republicanism and the relevance of our ancient monarchy, anointed by God, to modern Britain.

The actors are not impersonating the real Royals, instead offering a dramatic alternative. 

Our entire team is working brilliantly together to bring what promises to be a memorable production to the Little this Fringe.  

Claire Lewis

King Charles III opens on Saturday 5th May and runs through until Saturday 12th May (9 performances).  Tickets available in the usual ways, online at or via telephone on 0844 888 0432.