Last night what-if royal drama King Charles III reigned over BBC2, with viewers tuning into what might happen if Princes Charles becomes monarch.
King Charles III is absolute Shakespeare. Tim Pigott-Smith needs to be given a posthumous BAFTA immediately #KingCharlesIII
— Stuart Young (@Stu__Young) May 10, 2017
TIm Pigott-Smith showing us what a terrific actor we have lost.#KingCharlesIII
— Eileen Allen?? (@EileenAllen55) May 10, 2017
#KingCharlesIII Tim Pigott-Smith made me burst out in tears at the end. A heartbreaking performance.
— Timea Rose (@TimeaWildRose) May 10, 2017
— ALEXANDER VAREY (@AlexanderVarey) May 10, 2017
Tim Pigott-Smith is literally stealing the screen in this adaptation. An exquisite performance. #KingCharlesIII
— Matti Colley (@matti_colley) May 10, 2017
Viewers were also taken in by the challenging portrayal of a scheming Kate and William (Charlotte Riley and Oliver Chris)…
#KingCharlesIII was just something else. Shakespearean with William & Kate being ruthless villains. Fabulous.
— Lewis Pringle (@lewispringle) May 10, 2017
#KingCharlesIII ooh scheming William
— billabong isfemale (@bill_abong) May 10, 2017
Kate is Lady Macbeth great character #KingCharlesIII
— Michael Rumney (@micrumney1) May 10, 2017
Even if some found Chris’ depiction of Will a tad inaccurate…
— #MaxCharacters™ (@GMahn) May 10, 2017
And some couldn’t help recognising Prince Harry (Richard Goulding) from another royal show…
i find it so distracting how the guy playing harry in #KingCharlesIII played him in the windsors ?
— alison | got (@notevenalison) May 10, 2017
Changed my mind. Loving it. Keep expecting Harry to do something stupid though as it's same actor from The Windsors! #KingCharlesIII
— Victoria Daly (@vicky_daly) May 10, 2017
Others praised the “brave” BBC for including the ghost of Princess Diana…
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) May 10, 2017
— Juno Dawson (@junodawson) May 10, 2017
…But the emotional scene wasn’t for everyone…
I know it's Shakespearean tradition to do risqué plays on the royals… but Princess Diana as a ghost is just too far! ? #KingCharlesIII
— Danielle Louise (@danidotx) May 11, 2017
However, most couldn’t help compare the final fall of King Charles to a classic Shakespeare play. Specifically, King Lear or Macbeth…
*10 mins in*: well this is all rather bold and arrogant
*1hr later*: Bartlett is a genius; the play *is* Shakespeare
— Jo (@jo_hamya) May 10, 2017
#KingCharlesIII Blimey! It's like King Lear in reverse. How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless Pa……..?
— Pamelark (@PamillaBAV1) May 10, 2017
What great acting in #KingCharlesIII. Loved the Shakespearean style of the lines and the echoes of Macbeth, King Lear etc.
— BlueDragonLandlady (@MsLupin) May 10, 2017
Strangely stressful to watch, like a raging Lear #KingCharlesIII
— Harriet Tyce (@harriet_tyce) May 10, 2017
But don’t worry, a few monarchists have pointed out that however majestically tragic the drama was, it’s not actually real. Just in case you weren’t sure.
— Daniel J. Devane (@DanielJDevane) May 10, 2017