“King Charles III” to Run April 19-22

The Theatre Department will present the play “King Charles III” April 19 through April 22.

Nightly performances will begin at 8 p.m. April 19 in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. Admission is $5.

Conceived as a new “future history” play by playwright Mike Bartlett, “King Charles III” asks, “What will happen to England when Queen Elizabeth II dies?” The action begins shortly before the coronation of the new King Charles III. Charles desires to be more than a figurehead. By opposing signing a bill written by parliament that limits freedom of speech, Charles sets off a chain of events that slowly isolates him from his family and the people of England. Meanwhile, Prince Harry has been seen roaming the streets of London with a new girl in tow. Prince William and Kate begin to make bold plans of their own. As tensions begin to boil, Charles must make one final decision that will forever change England.

Bartlett was born in Oxford, England. He attended Abingdon School and later studied English and Theatre at the University of Leeds. He has been awarded the Virgin Atlantic and Critic’s Circle Theater Award for Best New Play for “King Charles III.”