Sunday, 27 December 2015

Review: King Charles III

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of King Charles III.
I have been wanting to see this show for SO long! Originally I was going to see the show in the West End, but sadly never got the time. Then the show went on a UK tour and I was going to see it at Richmond Theatre, but the day it was on I had already booked to see Jesus Christ Superstar. Shortly afterwards I was planning to see it at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guilford, but the Guilford trip seemed like such a chore. Finally I managed to see it and what a great place to watch the show, Christmas Eve in New York. The synopsis of the show is: The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? This play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. It was a very well written script by Mark Bartlett and such an amazing idea. I believe Mark Bartlett may be a soothsayer as this seems like something that may happen. The set was simple, but powerful. The play brings up some very interesting topics that really get the audience thinking. The costumes and lighting was fantastic. King Charles III is very well casted. Cast members who stood out for me were Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles, Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry, Lydia Wilson as Kate, Margot Leicester as Camilla, Tafline Steen as Jess Edwards, Miles Richardson as James Reiss, Adam James as Prime Minister Tristran Evans and last but certainly not least Anthony Calf as Mark Stevens, Leader of the Opposition. The actors transported us to Buckingham Palace. The only piece of criticism I have for this show is that it ran on for 15 minutes too long. The show, including the interval, lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes. There were moments which dragged on and I think cutting it down a little would do the show some good.

The featured star of King Charles III is, drum roll please… TIM PIGGOT-SMITH!

Tim is absolutely phenomenal! He puts so much passion into the role of Charles, especially in act two. I really hope Tim gets a Tony nomination as he really deserves it!

Now for my final verdict on King Charles III. I give King Charles III… 

King Charles III an amazing show and very deserving of it's Olivier Award for 'Best New Play'. I encourage everyone to see it while it's still on Broadway!

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Fun Home.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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