Robert Powell leads royal tour to Milton Keynes Theatre

Robert Powell in King Charles III. Images Richard Hubert Smith
Robert Powell in King Charles III. Images Richard Hubert Smith

Direct from Buckingham Palace, via the West End and Broadway, Robert Powell wears the crown in King Charles III coming to Milton Keynes Theatre next month.

This award-winning show, which has Olivier, Critics Choice and South Bank Sky Arts Awards in the ermine-lined bag, plus sell-out runs at both the Almeida and Wyndhams Theatre in London’s West End, is now touring the UK.

Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed play comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from October 12.

Forget the celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s unrivalled longest reign. There is an alternative scenario; it’s the parallel universe theory. And in this parallel universe the Queen is dead.

After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles is… still waiting. Before his coronation a problem arises that brings about a constitutional crisis and leaves the country on the brink of civil war.

His power is formidable – but how should he use it? And in reality, does he really have the last say?

Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, and starring Robert Powell as the newly instated monarch, King Charles III explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

All the members of ‘The Firm’ are represented including William (Ben Righton), Camilla (Penelope Beaumont), Kate (Jennifer Bryden) and Harry (Richard Glaves). There could even be a shadowy appearance by the ‘People’s Princess’…

Whether you are a loyal monarchist or a staunch republican, King Charles III is thrilling, funny and thought-provoking.

King Charles III runs at Milton Keynes Theatre from October 12-17.

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