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Henry is having a midlife crisis: he’s reading books on happiness and wearing garish socks. He’s urbane, friendly, 40-something... and king of the United Kingdom. Fearing obsolescence, the monarch (an easy and charming fit for Charles Edwards) initially agrees to a rebrand. But, stooping low from the weight of his crown, he tells his aloof Queen, “We live in a bubble, Katerina, and I intend to burst it.”
This diamantéd but dysfunctional family offers gentle laughs: Sally Phillips has crazy fun with a Scandi accent, while Don Warrington radiates avuncular disdain as the king’s butler. And there are reflective interludes in which a clearly smitten Henry flirts with the palace florist Serena (Kara Tointon), hinting at a Roman Holiday vibe next week.
It’s a welcome, red-carpet return for two of our finest comedy writers, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and classily directed by Vadim Jean.
Comedy starring Charles Edwards as a king who has a crisis of confidence and tries to modernise the monarchy - despite the objections of his family. With Sally Phillips.
Cast & Crew
King Henry IX
Maj Francis Hornsby-Bray
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