Synopsis: King Charles III imagines an immediate future in which Queen Elizabeth has just died, and Prince Charles is about to ascend the throne. But when Charles takes a principled stand against Parliamentary legislation that would limit the freedom of the press, his position sets in motion palace intrigues involving his son and daughter-in-law, William and Kate, along with his younger son Harry and his new, commoner-girlfriend, Jess. Juxtaposing the modern mania for the royal family with a Shakespearan-like approach to writing a “future history play,” King Charles III takes a fascinating look at Britain’s current royal family.
Language: There is a very small amount of vulgar language in the play. The language includes “bitches,” “Jesus” and “shit.”
For Which Audiences? King Charles III is suitable for general audiences, although conservative patrons may be put off by the infrequent use of one obscenity. Student audiences are likely to be intrigued by the look behind the scenes at Britain’s royal family, and the debate on the limits of freedom-of-the press are compelling. Teenaged students should attend at a parent’s discretion; the play will be over the heads of most pre-teen audiences.
Rating: In subject matter and tone, King Charles III would probably be rated PG-13, although its infrequent use of a four letter obscenity warrants special consideration.