Drama Republic has been commissioned to adapt King Charles III, a 90 minute film made for BBC Two.
The multi-award-winning, internationally successful ‘future history’ play is to be adapted by award-winning playwright and television screenwriter Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster) from his own Olivier Award-winning script. Fellow Olivier Award-winner Rupert Goold will direct, reuniting the creative team behind the play originally produced by the Almeida Theatre.
The piece, daringly written in blank verse, sees Prince Charles ascend to the throne following the Queen’s death. But when he refuses to sign a controversial bill into law, political chaos ensues – a constitutional crisis, rioting on the streets, and a tank in front of Buckingham Palace. Charles, meanwhile, is forced to wrestle with his own identity and purpose as a ceremonial monarch.
A sell-out theatrical success, following a critically acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End, the play has toured nationally, and enjoyed a rapturous reception upon its transfer to Broadway. King Charles III won Best New Play at the Olivier Awards and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards in 2015, and was awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award.
Mike Bartlett says: “I’m so excited to bring King Charles III to BBC Two. The play has always had the ambition to be an ambitious, provocative, yet popular national story, written to explore the possibilities and contradictions of a figure and a family that we all think we know so well. It can now reach a wider, national audience, and the story can expand out onto the screen. With Rupert Goold directing, and Drama Republic producing, I know it’s in the very best hands possible.”
The commissioning editor for the BBC is Matthew Read and the executive producers for Drama Republic are Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn.