VIDEO: Award-winning play to reign over the region next week

Robert Powell in Charles III
Robert Powell in Charles III

An Olivier Award-winning play which centres on the life of Prince Charles and stormed London’s West End heads to the North East next week.

King Charles III, written by Mike Bartlett, jumps into the future when Prince Charles ascends to the throne following the Queen’s death. The show will be at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle from next Monday.

The play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

The show has this year been awarded the Olivier Award, Critics Choice and South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Play.

Taking the lead role of King Charles is Robert Powell, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth (which won him a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor) and as series regular Mark Williams in Holby City.

Powell’s theatre credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre), Ubu Roi and Pirates (both Royal Court), Travesties (RSC), Tovarich (Chichester Festival Theatre), and more recently a touring production of Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell.

Written by Mike Bartlett, who previously collaborated with Rupert Goold on Earthquakes in London and Decade. His other plays include An Intervention, Artefacts (for which he won the Old Vic New Voices Award), Cock (which was awarded an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre at the Royal Court), Love, Love, Love (which won Best New Play at the 2011 Theatre Awards UK) and most recently Game.

King Charles III is directed by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold with Whitney Mosery and designed by Tom Scutt, with music composed by Jocelyn Pook, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.

King Charles III appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday, September 28 until Saturday, October 3. Tickets from £14.50 (pay 50p less per ticket when you book online). Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21, (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge) or select your own seat and book online at