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Oliver Chris in King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Sunday, 24th Aug 2014  

The Actor Reprising His Role as Prince William in the West End Transfer of the Almeida Theatre Production

Back in May it was revealed that the Almeida Theatre production of King Charles III would be transferring to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre later in the year, with Tim Pigott-Smith continuing to portray Charles onstage. It was also confirmed that fellow cast members Lydia Wilson (as Princess Catherine) and Richard Goulding (as Prince Harry) would be returning alongside Nyasha Hatendi, Adam Jones, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe and Tafline Steen.

Now it has also been confirmed that Oliver Chris, this year seen in Great Britain at the Lyttelton National Theatre, will be reprising his role as William onstage. This coincides with the news that the actor will be replaced with Ben Mansfield for the West End version of Great Britain when it runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

King Charles III is presented as a history play, albeit set in the future, and imagines the world faced by Charles when he takes to the throne. The Queen is dead and Charles takes her place as the Head of State of the United Kingdom, but soon he is faced with a political crisis. Mike Bartlett’s play (directed by Rupert Goold) deals with issues like press regulation and the powers held by the royal family to makes changes. It does this through an imagined crisis, which brings the royal family and the British political system into the spotlight.

Oliver Chris has appeared in a wealth of shows over the years, with theatre credits that include the mentioned Great Britain at the Lyttelton National Theatre, plus One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton National Theatre, Well at the Apollo Theatre, The Portrait Of A Lady on a UK tour and Cyrano De Bergerac at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre. He will also be recognisable to television audiences for the likes of Masterpiece Mystery, Breathless and Silent Witness, to be name but a few.

King Charles III runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Thursday 11th September 2014 (previews from Tuesday 2nd September 2014) to Saturday 29th November 2014. 

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