Cast revealed for Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two
We have an exceptional team, both in front of and behind the camera, and I'm looking forward to bringing this contemporary royal tragedy to a national television audience.
Date: 10.11.2016 Last updated: 09.11.2016 at 17.08
Category: BBC Two; Drama; Casting; Commissioning
Charlotte Riley (Close To The Enemy, Peaky Blinders) has been cast in the role of Kate Middleton in BBC Two’s ground-breaking one-off drama, King Charles III, adapted by award-winning playwright and television screenwriter Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Press) from his Olivier Award-winning play.
The inventive future history drama, produced by Drama Republic, reunites many of the creative team behind the original Almeida Theatre play, including director and fellow Olivier Award-winner and Tony Award nominee, Rupert Goold. Tim Pigott-Smith returns to the title role of Charles, with Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry and Margot Leicester as Camilla. Adam James will also reprise his role as Prime Minister Tristram Evans.
Joining the cast alongside Charlotte are Priyanga Burford and Tamara Lawrance.
Mike Bartlett says: "I couldn’t be more excited that King Charles III is now fully, brilliantly cast and about to begin shooting. We have an exceptional team, both in front of and behind the camera, and I'm looking forward to bringing this very contemporary royal tragedy to a national television audience."
Charlotte Riley says: “I’m really excited to come on board King Charles III - Mike Bartlett and Rupert Goold are two brilliant creatives. It’s such a unique project, to be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story, is an exciting prospect for an actor. Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to.”
Tim Pigott-Smith adds: “Performing King Charles in Mike Bartlett’s astonishing play in London and New York has been one of the high points of my career. I am thrilled that we are to film it - it is a drama about us, now, who we are, and the relevance of our monarchy. Television gives it an important democratic voice.”
Daringly written in blank verse, King Charles III is an imagining of Prince Charles’ accession to the throne following the Queen’s death. When he refuses to sign a controversial bill into law, political chaos ensues: a constitutional crisis, rioting on the streets and a tank in front of Buckingham Palace. As Charles wrestles with his own identity, the playful and poignant drama explores the implications for him, his family, and his subjects.
Executive Producers Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn add: “We are delighted and excited in equal measure that Mike Bartlett, one of Britain's most gifted writers, and the visionary Rupert Goold will re-unite to bring their extraordinary theatre production to television. Alongside Masterpiece and the BBC we are as proud as anything to be the producers of this standout event.”
King Charles III is a co-production of the BBC and Masterpiece, in association with Drama Republic. The Executive Producers for Drama Republic are Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn, alongside Mike Bartlett and Rupert Goold. Matthew Read is the Executive Producer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece.
Filming of the 1x90 minute drama will take place in and around Leeds from November.
Pictured: Tim Pigott Smith, pictured in the Almeida Production (Image Credit: Johan Persson)
Masterpiece to Air Film of Tony® Award-Nominated Play King Charles III
Posted by Cassie Gage on Jul 31, 2016 at 2:00 am
MASTERPIECE on PBS and the BBC announced that the hit Broadway show King Charles III will be adapted for television. A 2016 Tony® nominee for Best Play, King Charles III imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death. It will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS in 2017.
Lauded by the New York Times as a “flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarch in crisis,” the play, originally produced by the Almeida Theatre, was critically acclaimed in London and New York. The 90-minute adaptation will reunite the Tony®-nominated creative team behind the play: Writer Mike Bartlett will adapt from his own script — daringly written in blank verse—and Rupert Goold will direct.
“King Charles III is an ingenious play that promises to be as riveting on television as it was on stage,” says MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “It's a play set in the near future, but with Shakespeare never far away.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.
“We are delighted and excited in equal measure that Mike Bartlett, one of Britain's most gifted writers, and the visionary Rupert Goold will re-unite to bring their extraordinary theatre production to television. Alongside MASTERPIECE and the BBC we are as proud as anything to be the producers of this standout event,” said Executive Producers Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn.
Screenwriter Mike Bartlett said, “I'm thrilled that on Broadway, American audiences have responded so well to the story of King Charles III. It's therefore fantastic that the film of the play has found a perfect home at MASTERPIECE. It will mean that, along with original director Rupert Goold, we can tell this story to people across the whole country."