King Charles III production to transfer to Broadway

The speculative royal drama, which won Best New Play at last night’s Olivier Awards will be heading to Broadway in October

Watch out, America, the British monarchy is coming as popular West End play King Charles III is set to transfer to the New York stage.


“It’s going on to Broadway which I’m allowed to say now,” star Lydia Wilson (also known for Richard Curtis film About Time) told on the Oliviers red carpet last night. “The play’s going over in October.”

Originally starring Tim Pigott-Smith and Bluestone 42’s Oliver Chris, King Charles III imagines the future of the monarchy after the death of Queen Elizabeth II as Charles takes on the government over a matter of policy, with the row heightening as the new monarch refuses to cede ground.

Accepting the Best New Play award last night, writer Mike Bartlett joked that he wanted to give “thanks to the Royal Family for not closing us down for treason.” King Charles III was also nominated in acting categories for Wilson and Pigott Smith, who lost out to Angela Lansbury and Mark Strong respectively.

The transfer follows a spate of recent West End transfers including Helen Mirren’s The Audience and the stage production of Wolf Hall (we’re noticing a royal theme), as well as James Corden’s One Man, Two Guv’nors in 2012.

It’s not currently clear how many of the play’s cast will be joining the transfer to America, though understands that Wilson (who plays the Duchess of Cambridge in the play) will be a part of the Broadway production.

“It’s a strange play on the page, and then once the audience were there we realised it was really capturing the audience’s imagination, that the subject matter is so alive in this country,” Wilson said when asked to explain the show’s success.

“I think what’s cool about the play is there’s enough of a sort of relationship to real events and how things could go that it’s a possibility.”


King Charles III is on at the Almeida Theatre in London