King Charles III at Chichester Festival Theatre

Robert Powell as King Charles III. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith.

Robert Powell as King Charles III. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith.

Forty Years On at Chichester Festival Theatre SUS-170217-095019001

REVIEW: Forty Years On at Chichester Festival Theatre

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After a sell-out West End run and an Olivier award for Best New Play, King Charles III is embarking on a national tour, starring Robert Powell.

This drama is writer Mike Bartlett’s modern answer to Shakespeare’s history plays. Written in blank verse like the Bard’s, the play imagines what might happen were Prince Charles to ascend the throne and be asked, by his prime minister, to assent to a privacy bill restricting the freedom of the press.

Featuring Camilla, William and Kate and a troubled Prince Harry, what ensues is a tense moral dilemma for Charles and a destabilising constitutional crisis.

It raises questions about Parliament’s powers, the monarch’s prerogatives and how Britain is governed.

Show runs from Monday, November 30 – Saturday, December 5.

Tickets: from £14, visit cft.org.uk.

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