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"What could have been only a cleverly executed stunt is instead an intellectually and emotionally gripping study of the strangely enduring anachronism that is the British monarchy and of the contemporary, star-struck world that can still find room for its royals. And for Bardophiles, King Charles III provides the bonus of confirming the immortal topicality of Shakespeare."
- The New York Times


The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him…but how to rule? Written primarily in Shakespearean blank verse, this modern history play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain’s democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.

Directed by Studio Theatre Artistic Director David Muse, Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award-winning play makes a timely arrival in Washington, D.C. Pondering regime change and political upheaval while spinning a tale of modern royalty with classic language, Bartlett constructs a contemporary Shakespearean drama in our immediate future.



The Performers (Tap for bio)
  • Jessica
    Michelle Beck

    STC:  Hamlet (Ophelia). NEW YORK: Broadway: A Raisin in the Sun; Off-Broadway: BAM/The Old Vic: As You Like It, The Tempest (The Bridge Project); LCT3: A Kid Like Jake; The Public Theater: Richard III, Love's Labor's Lost; Theater for a New Audience: Much Ado About Nothing; Pearl Theater: Uncle Vanya; Epic Theater: Measure for Measure; Red Bull: The Changeling; 59e59: The Sentinels. REGIONAL: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: Twelfth Night; McCarter/ Yale Rep: Tartuffe; Theaterworks Silicon Valley: Proof; Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Winter's Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. FILM: Sam & Julia, Spinning into Butter, The Third Option, Ambition’s Debt, Death of a Prince, Fish. TV: Homeland, Madam Secretary. AWARDS: Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination for Proof. TRAINING: SUNY Purchase. WEB: ThisIsMichelleBeck.com

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Cootsy, Sir Michael, Others
    Jefferson Farber

    STC: All’s Well That Ends Well. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Signature Theatre: Shakespeare’s R&J. Sierra Repertory Theatre: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Barrington Stage Company: Breaking the Code. Constellation Theatre Company: Metamorphoses; Synetic Theater: Genesis Reboot. TV: House of Cards, Killing Kennedy. TRAINING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: MFA; Millikin University: BFA.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Mr. Stevens
    Bradford Farwell

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing, The Miser. REGIONAL: Nebraska Shakespeare: Hamlet, Othello, Cymbeline; American Player’s Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer, Henry V, The Misanthrope; ACT: Worse than Tigers, Seven Ways to Get There Christmas Carol, Mary Stuart, Jekyll and Hyde; Seattle Rep: Photograph 51, You Can’t Take it With You, The Imaginary InvalidTwelfth NightNoises Off, The Great Gatsby; Intiman Theatre: John Baxter, All My Sons,Grapes of Wrath, Richard III, A Thousand Clowns; Strawshop: Breaking the Code; Seattle Shakespeare: Measure for Measure, Cymbeline; New Century Theatre Company: company member, Festen, My Name is Asher Lev; The 5th Avenue Theatre: Guys and Dolls. INTERNATIONAL: Stratford Festival: company member for three years. TV: Grimm, Leverage. TRAINING: Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. WEB: bradfordfarwell.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Speaker of the House, Others, Sir Gordon
    Tim Getman

    STC: Merchant of Venice (Solanio), Camino Real (Streetcleaner). REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Death of a Salesman, A View From the Bridge, Christmas Carol 1941, The Misanthrope, A Streetcar Named Desire; Folger Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Elizabeth the Queen, Comus: The Masque at Ludlow; Everyman Theatre (Company Member): The Exonerated, Two Rooms, All My Sons, God of Carnage, Outside Mullingar; Olney Theatre Center: Night Must Fall, An Enemy of the People, Somewhere in the Pacific; Rep Stage: A Lie of the Mind, In the Heart of America (Helen Hayes nomination); Signature Theatre: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, In the Absence of Spring; Theater J: Photograph 51, Passing the Love of Women, The Last Seder, The Chosen, After the Fall, Our Class, History of Invulnerability, I-Ho, Copenhagen; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Company Member): Kiss, Zombie, The Nether, Detroit, Appropriate, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Unmentionables. TELEVISION: The District, VEEP, The Men Who Built America. AWARDS: Mary Goldwater Award. TRAINING: Macalester College; Trinity College Dublin.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • James Reiss
    Dan Hiatt

    REGIONAL:  American Conservatory Theater:  Ah, Wilderness!, Major Barbara, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Cherry Orchard, The Rivals; Berkeley Repertory Theatre:  Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Dinner With Friends; Huntington Theatre:  The Way of the World, Mary Stuart; California Shakespeare Theatre:  As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Man and Superman, Nicholas Nickleby; Arizona Theatre Company:  The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dirty Blonde;San Jose Repertory Theatre:  A Flea in Her Ear, This Wonderful Life;Marin Theatre Company: Othello, Anne Boleyn;TheatreWorks, Upright Grand, The Twentieth Century, The 39 Steps;Ford’s Theatre: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Einstein).AWARDS: Helen Hayes nomination for Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Spencer, Others, Kebab Seller
    Rafael Jordan

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Resonance Theatre: Caesar and Cleopatra; Metropolitan Playhouse: Uncle Tom's Cabin; Performa: I Feel Your Pain (NYC commission, with OBIE winner Kathryn Grody); Second Generation: Thunder Above, Deeps Below (World Premiere by Lark Fellow A. Rey Pamatmat); New Perspectives: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet. REGIONAL: American Conservatory Theater: King Charles III, Love and Information, A Christmas Carol; Actors Theatre of Louisville: 365 Days/365 Plays and The Open Road Anthology; The Magic Theatre: Dogeaters, runboyrun (World Premiere by Mfoniso Udofia); California Shakespeare Theatre: King Lear, The Tempest; Aurora Theatre Company: American Buffalo (Theatre Bay Area Award: Best Ensemble Acting, Theatre Critics Circle Award: Best Production); Livermore Shakespeare: The Liar.  FILM: Me, You and the Road (C&I Productions), Best Laid Plans (Messyhouse Productions), Othello (Ready Set Go Theatre).TRAINING: MFA in Acting; American Conservatory Theater.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • King Charles III
    Robert Joy

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Side Show, The Nerd, Hay Fever, Shimada, Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Off-Broadway: New York Shakespeare Festival: Head of Passes, Found a Peanut, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It; Playwrights Horizons: Life and Limb, Hyde in Hollywood, Lydie Breeze;Classic Stage Company: Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet);Drama Dept.: June Moon;Ensemble Studio Theater: Pigeon. REGIONAL: The Kennedy Center: Side Show; Old Globe: Twelfth Night (Malvolio); McCarter Theater: Baby Doll; Kirk Douglas Theater: The Nether (World Premiere); American Repertory Theater: Big River (Huck, World Premiere); Long Wharf Theater: Privates on Parade; New York Stage and Film: My Andy; Theatre by the Bay: The Tempest (Prospero); La Jolla Playhouse: Side Show, Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio, Drama-Logue Award). FILM: Atlantic City, Ragtime, Desperately Seeking Susan, Fallen, Resurrection, Land of the Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, The Shipping News, Harriet The Spy, Waterworld, Radio Days, Amityville 3D. TELEVISION: Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Masters of Sex, Hand of God, Everybody Loves Raymond, CSI:NY (Sid Hammerback).

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ensemble
    Matthew Aldwin McGee

    STC: Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011-2012 Acting Fellow). REGIONAL: Constellation Theatre: Taking Steps (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor), Scapin, Avenue Q (assistant director, puppet coach, Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Musical), Urinetown; Imagination Stage: The BFG, Wonderland (upcoming); National Children's Theatre: The BFG; Studio Theatre: Rocky Horror; Folger Theatre: Romeo & Juliet; Flying V: Pirate Laureate and the King of the Sea; Edge of the Universe Players 2: Entertaining Mr. Sloane; LiveArt DC: The Merry Death of Robin Hood; WSC Avant Bard: The Good Devil, in Spite of Himself. OTHER: Freelance puppet designer. TEACHING: National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ensemble
    Yesenia Iglesias

    REGIONAL: Ford's Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Source Festival: Buried Cities; Seattle Children's Theatre: Mwindo (Gregory Nominee); Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O: Henry V; Theatre 22: Water by the Spoonful; Side Country Theatre: Passing Strange; Annex Theatre: Is She Dead Yet? (Gregory Award). TRAINING: University of Washington (Professional Actor Training Program) WEB: YeseniaIglesias.com.

  • Prince William
    Christopher McLinden

    NEW YORK: LaMama: Tempest; Compagnia de Colombari: Everything That Rises Must Converge; New York Fringe: Nicholas, Maeve, Marianne. REGIONAL: Steppenwolf Theatre Company: Last of the Boys, Diary of Anne Frank; Writer’s Theatre: The Lion in Winter, The Seagull, Duchess of Malfi; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Taming of the Shrew; Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, Cymbeline; City Theatre of Pittsburgh: Speak American; American Theatre Company: Celebrity Row; Appletree Theatre: Vincent in Brixton; First Folio Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Greasy Joan & Co.: The Lady From the Sea. FILM: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO), 5-25-77 (Moonwatcher Films). TELEVISION: Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Alpha House (Amazon Studios). OTHER: Proud member of The Actors Center in New York City.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ghost, Others, Newspaper Woman
    Chiara Motley

    REGIONAL: Virginia Stage Company: All My Sons (Ann Deever); Gulfshore Playhouse: The Butcher (World Premiere by Gwydion Suilebhan); Center Stage: It’s a Wonderful Life (Mary Hatch); Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: King Lear; Denver Center for the Performing Arts: Three Musketeers; Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O: Othello, The Comedy of Errors. FILM: And, Apart.  OTHER: Denver: One-woman show The Syringa Tree; Co-Producer: And, Apart; Voice for Nancy Drew video games (Her Interactive). TRAINING: Stanford University: BA; National Theatre Conservatory: MFA.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Camilla
    Jeanne Paulsen

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Robert Schenkkan’s The Kentucky Cycle (dir. Warner Shook, starring Stacy Keach); The Crucible (Ann Putnam, dir. Richard Eyre, starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney). REGIONAL: McCarter Theatre Center: The Figaro Plays (Marceline, dir. Stephen Wadsworth); Denver Center for the Performing Arts: Richard III (Margaret), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Doubt (Sister Aloysius), All My Sons (Kate Keller), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mrs. Warren), You Can’t Take It with You (Penny Sycamore), Side Man (Terry), Molly Sweeney (Molly); A Contemporary Theatre: A Moon for the Misbegotten (Josie); Intiman Theatre: Our Town (Mrs. Webb, dir. Bartlett Sher), The Little Foxes (Birdie), Faith Healer (Grace); South Coast Repertory: Holy Days (Rosie). AWARDS: Tony® nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in The Kentucky Cycle; Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance in Holy Days.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Prime Minister Evans
    Ian Merrill Peakes

    STC: The Taming of the Shrew. REGIONAL: Arden Theatre: Equivocation, Something Intangible (Barrymore Award), All My Sons (Barrymore Award), Three Days of Rain; Wilma Theater: Body of an American, The Invention of Love; Philadelphia Theatre Company: Sideman (Barrymore Award); Theatre Exile: Invisible Hand, Red Light Winter (Barrymore Award nomination); Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Walnut Street Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher; People’s Light & Theatre; Folger Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Helen Hayes Award), Othello, Henry VIII (Helen Hayes nomination), Macbeth (Helen Hayes nomination), The Game of Love and Chance (Helen Hayes nomination); Denver Center for the Performing Arts: The Catch, Glengarry Glen Ross, When Tang Met Laika; Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Crucible, Twelfth Night; Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Much Ado About Nothing; Pittsburg Irish & Classical Theatre: The False Servant. TELEVISION: Still Standing, Hack, Homicide. FILM: Lebanon, PA, Gentleman’s Game.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Prince Harry
    Harry Smith

    BROADWAY: King Charles III. REGIONAL: Wilma Theater: Body of an American, Rapture, Blister, BurnThe Real Thing; Walnut Street Theatre: And Then There Were NoneThe Mousetrap, An Ideal Husband; Delaware Theatre Company: The Explorers Club; Inis Nua Theatre Company: Pumpgirl, Walworth Farce, Hand of Gaul;Lantern Theater Company: Photograph 51, Emma; People's Light & Theatre: Pride and Prejudice; INTERNATIONAL: Edinburgh Royal Lycum: The Merchant of Venice; Bristol Old Vic: Twelfth NightLes Liaisons Dangereuses; Cambridge Arts Theatre: Serious Money; Old Fire Station, Oxford: Arcadia; Shakespeare's Globe: Gorboduc (Read, Not Dead series)FILM: Freedom. TELEVISION: The Good Wife, Crossbones. TRAINING: Cambridge University; Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. WEB: HarrySmith.info.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Kate
    Allison Jean White

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Man and Boy. Off-Broadway: Irish Repertory Theatre: The Shaughraun. NATIONAL TOUR: The 39 Steps. REGIONAL: American Conservatory Theater: King Charles III, The Realistic Joneses, The Imaginary Invalid, The Circle, Travesties, The Real Thing, A Christmas Carol; Seattle Repertory Theatre: King Charles III; Arizona Theatre Company: Disgraced; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Heartbreak House; Northern Stage: Orwell in America; San Francisco Playhouse: Abigail’s Party; Virginia Stage Company: The Odd Couple; Living Room Theatre: Uncle Vanya; Magic Theatre: The Crowd You’re In With, Tir na nOg; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater: Red Light Winter. FILM: The Family Fang, We’re All Gonna Die. TELEVISION: The Blacklist, The Slap, High Maintenance, I Love You…But I Lied, As The World Turns. TRAINING: American Conservatory Theater: MFA in Acting; Brown University: BA in Theater.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

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King Charles III

Feb 07 - Mar 12

Sidney Harman HallBy Mike Bartlett
Directed by David Muse
Produced in association with American Conservatory Theater and Seattle Repertory TheatreAvailable Accessibility Performances
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