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King Charles III - Almeida Theatre

Almeida Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for King Charles III, Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play which runs at the Almeida Theatre from April 10 (previews from April 3) to May 31, 2014.

The line up includes Oliver Chris, Adam James, Tim Pigott-Smith and Lydia Wilson.

They are joined by Katie Brayben (American Psycho), Richard Goulding (King Lear, A Mad World My Masters), Nyasha Hatendi (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore), Margot Leicester (The Knot of the Heart), Tom Robertson (Othello, Timon of Athens), Nicholas Rowe (Donkey’s Years, See How They Run), Nick Sampson and Tafline Steen (The Possibilities).

The play imagines the succession of Prince Charles following the death of The Queen, exploring the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

Oliver Chris’ theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors and Season’s Greetings (National Theatre), Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Rain Man (Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield) and Portrait of a Lady (Theatre Royal, Bath).

Adam James’ theatre work includes Rapture, Blister, Burn and Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), 13, Blood and Gifts and Gethsemane (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Now Or Later (Royal Court), French Without Tears (English Touring Theatre), Rabbit (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios), Tamburlaine The Great (RSC) and Coriolanus (National Youth Theatre).

Tim Pigott-Smith has previously appeared at the Almeida in A Delicate Balance and The Iceman Cometh. His numerous credits elsewhere include Educating Rita (Trafalgar Studios), Enron (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Royal Court/West End), Pygmalion (Theatre Royal, Bath/Old Vic), See How They Run and Benefactors (West End), Hecuba (Donmar Warehouse), Mourning Becomes Electra, Mary Stuart The Tempest Cymbeline, A Winter’s Tale, Entertaining Strangers and Coming In To Land (National Theatre), The Iceman Cometh (Old Vic/Broadway) and Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Sherlock Holmes and Titus Andronicus (RSC).

Lydia Wilson has previously appeared on stage in Hysteria (Hampstead Theatre), ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek by Jowl/Barbican/World Tour), Acid Test and The Heretic (Royal Court), Blasted (Lyric Hammersmith), Pains of Youth (National Theatre) and The House of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre).

King Charles III is directed by the Almeida’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold and is designed by Tom Scutt, with music by Jocelyn Pook, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, continues at the Almeida until March 29, 2014.