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King Charles III

First Preview: Sep 23, 2015

Opening Date: Sep 23, 2015

Closing Date: Jan 31, 2016

Running Time: 02:30

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Playing @

Music Box Theatre

239 W 45th Street New York, NY 10036

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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?

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play, King Charles III is the “bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining” (The Independent) drama of political intrigue by Mike Bartlett that comes to Broadway following a sensational West End run.

Directed by Rupert Goold and starring the "magnificent" (The Observer) Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role, King Charles III has been deemed “bold and brilliant” (The Times of London) The production explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.

Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 16

Show Notes

Show Notes: 1 Intermission

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Full-price tickets

$37 - $149

Lottery & Rush

King Charles III will offer a general rush policy for $37 tickets. The tickets are limited to two per person and are available in person only when the box office opens.



Quotation Mark

To sign, or not to sign. That is the question that hangs so urgently over the wavering title character of “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarchy in crisis, which blazed open on Sunday night at the Music Box Theater. Any echoes you may infer regarding a certain Danish prince are entirely appropriate to this dazzlingly presumptuous drama, set in and around Buckingham Palace in a highly foreseeable future

-----The New York Times

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Is the term "future history play" an oxymoron? Perhaps, but it is an exhilarating oxymoron in the hands of Mike Bartlett. His new play, King Charles III (now making its U.S. debut at Broadway's Music Box Theatre following an acclaimed run in London), takes the form of a Shakespearean history, even though it is firmly set in the future: specifically, the first weeks of the reign of the current Prince of Wales. It's a bold experiment with form and content that pays off in delightful and unexpected ways.


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....the extraordinarily vivid Shakespearean style of the cast, most of whom are imported from the London production, which won the Olivier Award for best new play earlier this year. Unlike the fine young actors playing William and Harry, who are near ringers for the real princes, Tim Pigott-Smith looks relatively little like Charles; he is nevertheless masterfully convincing in the role. This is less a matter of re-creating the prince’s mannerisms (touching his lip, tugging at his thinning hair) than of inhabiting the strange, stunted emotional world of a man who has largely been defined in public by his most peculiar traits, since they are the only ones that break through the mask of his royalty.


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Box Office

No stairs into lobby, box office assistance available. Ticket Lobby Counter is 47" high. Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32".


Valet parking lot: North side of Street between Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St. Valet parking garage: East of Shubert Alley, on south side of 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner 45th St. & Broadway.


Unisex: Ticket Lobby. ADA compliant. Door 33". Stall 90" x 66". Commode 18". Grab bars.

Directions Subway

Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, W, A, C or E to 42nd Street. Theatre is three blocks north and half a block west.


Orchestra on ground level, step up to the last two rows. Lower lounge and mezzanine reached only by stairs.


There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.


Ticket Lobby. Coin slot 46". Cord 29". With TTY, electric outlet and shelf.


Double doors in series: 1st set (each 29") has one pair of automatic doors from 45th Street to Ticket Lobby with push-button control; 2nd set (each 32", attended by ushers) to rear Orchestra.

Visual Assistance

Vision seats in the front of the orchestra available for purchase online, in person, or over the phone. Audio Description is also available through the GalaPro app. More information can be found here:

Water Fountain

Ticket lobby. Spout 36" and 43".

Assisted Listening System

Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance. Closed Captioning is also available through the GalaPro app. For more information on GalaPro, check here:

Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair seating available in the Orchestra section only. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible.

Directions Bus

The M7, M20, and M104 each stop in close proximity to the theatre.

Folding Armrests

Mobility seats with folding armrests plus companion seat available for purchase online, in person, or over the phone


Subtitled language translations available in Spanish for $5 on the GalaPro app. For more information, go to

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, W, A, C or E to 42nd Street. Theatre is three blocks north and half a block west.

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By Bus:

The M7, M20, and M104 each stop in close proximity to the theatre.