King Charles III
King Charles III
BY Mike Bartlett
DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
David Mirvish presents a Studio 180 Theatre production
CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic)
651 Yonge St, Toronto
FEBRUARY 10 to MARCH 4, 2018
Tuesday to Saturday 8PM
Saturday & Sunday 2PM
Wednesday, February 21 & February 28 1:30PM
There will be a talkback with actors following every performance except opening (February 15). See more events during the run here.
THE QUEEN IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE KING?
Charles. Camilla. William. Kate. Harry. One family holds the future of Great Britain in its hands. But what will the future be? The Queen is dead. The “King-in-waiting” finally ascends the throne. Defying centuries of tradition, Charles boldly attempts to reassert the crown’s power, landing himself – and his country – in a royal mess.
Exploring power and betrayal, the internationally acclaimed play, KING CHARLES III, skillfully reveals the people beneath the crowns as nuanced flesh and blood, and turns a Shakespearean lens on relationships in the world’s most famous and exposed family.
Following sold-out runs in London’s West End and on Broadway, Mike Bartlett’s award-winning new play makes its Toronto Premiere as part of the 2017/18 Off-Mirvish season.
“Mike Bartlett’s flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarchy in crisis.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Cast & Creative Team
BY Mike Bartlett
DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Robert Motum
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Sarah Orenstein*
FEATURING Guy Bannerman, Wade Bogert-O’Brien, Rosemary Dunsmore, Patrick Galligan, Jessica Greenberg, Sam Kalilieh, Jeff Meadows, Gray Powell, Amy Rutherford, David Schurmann, Marcel Stewart and Shannon Taylor
STAGE MANAGER Chris Porter
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Bradley Dunn
STAGE MANAGEMENT STUDENT INTERN Kathleen Fitz-Gerald
LIGHTING DESIGN Kevin Fraser
COSTUME DESIGN Denyse Karn
COSTUME COORDINATOR Elena Rakitskaya
WIG CREATION Sharon Ryman
SOUND DESIGN Thomas Ryder Payne
SET DESIGN John Thompson
HEAD OF PROPS Mary Spyrakis
PROPS ASSISTANT Monica Lee
*Supported through the RBC Emerging Artists Program
For Studio 180: Stuff Happens. Guy was a child actor in Toronto before joining the Stratford Festival in 1964 (Guthrie Award, 1969). Guy then worked at theatres across Canada, joining the Shaw Festival in 1986 and appearing in over 4000 performances during 29 seasons there (Newton Award, 2003). After earning his MA (Drama) at the University of Essex (UK) in 1988, Guy served as artist-in- residence and/or teacher at universities including Guelph, Dalhousie, Queen’s and Brock. In 2010 Guy received the Paul Reynolds Award to expand Manners of the Mandate, a program with actress Sharry Flett that introduces actors to the costumes and customs of the Victorian Age. They have since presented this work for theatre groups, universities and theatre schools across Canada. On television, Guy has appeared on Warehouse 13, The Firm and Murdoch Mysteries, and is still heard as the voice of Mr. Bear on Rupert the Bear.
For Studio 180: debut. Theatre: Saint Joan, Dracula, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Woman of No Importance, The Divine, Pygmalion, The Sea, When We Are Married, Major Barbara, Our Betters, French Without Tears, Misalliance, When the Rain Stops Falling, Candida, The Doctor’s Dilemma, An Ideal Husband, Ways of the Heart, Brief Encounters (Shaw Festival); The Prince of Homburg (Talk is Free Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice (Citadel Theatre); Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Film and TV: Reign (CW), Frontier (Netflix/Discovery Canada). Training: Graduate of George Brown Theatre School and The Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
For Studio 180: debut. Rosemary just finished two seasons at the Stratford Festival, appearing in Tartuffe, Bakkhai, A Little Night Music, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Recent television includes her role as Susan Duncan on Orphan Black, and appearances on the series Between. Recent feature films are The Baby Formula (ACTRA Best Actress Award), Blood Honey, Orphan, At Home By Myself With Me and Don’t Get Killed in Alaska. Rosemary appears online in three award-winning web series: Guidestones, Ruby Skye P.I. and The Plateaus. She is well known as Katherine Brooke in the Anne of Green Gables series and as Mom P.I. in the self-named CBC series. She is also a busy theatre director. Rosemary teaches at the National Theatre School and independent workshops across the country. She is the Actor in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre. Rosemary was chosen by Maclean’s Magazine in 1990 for the Honour Roll of Canadians Who Make a Difference.
For Studio 180: NSFW (2014). For the Shaw Festival (selected): Androcles and the Lion, Dancing at Lughnasa (2017), Our Town, Dance of Death (2016), Peter and the Starcatcher, The Twelve Pound Look (2015), The Sea, When We Are Married (2014), My Fair Lady (2011), Doctor’s Dilemma, An Ideal Husband (2010), Born Yesterday (2009), After the Dance (2008), Hotel Peccadillo (2007), Rosmersholm (2006), Journey’s End (2005), Man and Superman (2004), Widowers’ Houses, Plough and the Stars (2003). Other theatre: Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale (Groundling Theatre), War Horse (Mirvish/National Theatre), The Misanthrope, Courageous (Tarragon Theatre), Richard III, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival). Upcoming: Henry V, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Shaw Festival).
For Studio 180: NSFW, Cock, Our Class, Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows, The Passion of the Chris. Jessica is a Studio 180 Core Artistic Team member and the head of education and community outreach programming. Other theatre: Towards Youth (workshop: Crow’s/Project: Humanity), Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage), The Middle Place (Project: Humanity/Canadian Stage/Passe Muraille), Mary’s Wedding (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Pinocchio (Theatre New Brunswick), Hana’s Suitcase, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Blue Planet, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (YPT), Salt-Water Moon (Theatre in Port). Upcoming: Mikveh (Harold Green Jewish Theatre). TV: The Handmaid’s Tale, Murdoch Mysteries, Being Erica, Fish and Chips (animation). Jessica is a frequent guest artist in GTA high schools and an artist educator with Studio 180 IN CLASS and Theatre Direct. She holds a political science degree from McGill University and is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York.
Spencer, and others
For Studio 180: This Great City — IN DEVELOPMENT workshop reading, Stuff Happens. Elsewhere: Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) (Nightwood Theatre/Crow’s Theatre), ART (The Grand Theatre), The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots/Factory), Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Passion Play (Crow’s Theatre/Various), Facts (GCTC).
William, Duke of Cambridge
For Studio 180: debut. Other credits: over 25 productions with the Shaw Festival, including Saint Joan, Middletown, Engaged, Pygmalion, The Philanderer, The Philadelphia Story, Enchanted April, His Girl Friday, Misalliance, When the Rain Stops Falling, The President, Belle Moral, Summer and Smoke, The Crucible, Journey’s End, Nothing Sacred, Man and Superman, Three Sisters, The Royal Family, Detective Story, His Majesty, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Doctor’s Dilemma. Jeff has also acted in theatres across Canada including Thousand Islands Playhouse, Citadel, SummerWorks, Crow’s Theatre, Neptune, Arts Club, Theatre and Company, Vancouver Playhouse, Grand Theatre, Touchstone, Electric Company. Jeff is a graduate of Studio 58.
For Studio 180: My Night With Reg. Selected Credits: Arcadia (Mirvish Productions); Middletown, St. Joan, Engaged, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, You Never Can Tell, Arcadia, Cabaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hedda Gabler, Born Yesterday, The Circle (Shaw Festival); The 39 Steps (Lyndesfarne Theatre); This Lime Tree Bower (Cart/Horse Theatre); Other People’s Children (Theatre Panik); The Pitman Painters (Theatre Aquarius); Hamlet Project (Necessary Angel); Festen (Company Theatre). Film/TV: ARQ (Netflix); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC); King (Showcase); Train 48 (Global); Fugitive Pieces (Serendipity Point Films); Hollywoodland (Focus Features/Miramax); Kaw (Kaw Productions). Gray is returning for Shaw Festival’s 2018 season as Henry in Henry V and Stapleton in The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Sarah, and others
For Studio 180: Our Class. Amy was classically trained at both The National Theatre School of Canada and at The Stratford Festival Conservatory. She has since worked in film and TV and with Canada’s leading directors and playwrights. She has been nominated for several Dora Mavor Moore Awards, one Calgary Critter and was named one of Toronto’s Top Ten Theatre Artists by Now Magazine. Amy has performed internationally; at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, Rwanda Arts Azimut Festival, The Ricardo Montalban in Los Angeles and at New York’s PS122 theatre. Recent acting credits include: Snow White (Theatre Replacement); Infinity (Volcano Theatre/NAC/Tarragon); The Public Servant (Common Boots, Nightwood) Sherlock Holmes (Sidemart Theatrical Grocery) and As You Like it (Canadian Stage).
King Charles III
For Studio 180: debut. Most recently seen in Toronto in Heisenberg for Canadian Stage, strangers, babies for Theatre Panik and How Do I Love Thee for Canadian Rep. Thirty-one seasons with the Shaw Festival: last appearance as Serebryakov in Uncle Vanya (2016); favourite roles include Henry in Pirandello’s Henry IV, Trebell in Granville Barker’s Waste and the King in Granville Barker’s His Majesty. David has acted in regional theatres across the country since 1968. He has directed at Citadel Edmonton, RMTC Winnipeg, Neptune Halifax and at Shaw, Present Laughter in 2012. TV appearances include Murdoch Mysteries, Warehouse 13, Rookie Blue, Rogue and Reign.
Coutts, and others
For Studio 180: debut. Marcel Stewart is an actor, writer, producer and arts educator. A graduate from Brock University’s Theatre Program, and a recent member of the Soulpepper Academy. Recent theatre credits: Father Comes Home From The Wars (Dora Winner Best Production), Incident at Vichy (Dora Winner Best Ensemble), We Are Proud to Present… (Dora Nomination Best Ensemble), Wilberforce Hotel (Byth Festival), Up the Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre), and the George F. Walker play Theatre of the Film Noir (Atlas Stage Canada), which toured throughout Poland and Austria. As an educator/mentor for youth Marcel has conducted workshops in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. Marcel co-founded the resurgence of Shakespeare in the Ruff. The company has received much praise for their inventive staging methods and community involvement, which Marcel spearheaded as the co-creator/coordinator of the Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
For Studio 180: debut. Shannon is a Dora-nominated actor whose work has taken her all across Canada. Selected theatre credits include: School for Scandal, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, The Sound of Music (Stratford Festival); The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/National Arts Centre); True (Criminal Theatre/Aluna Theatre); The Jones Boy, When the World was Green (Surface/Underground); Salt-Water Moon (Thousand Islands Playhouse); A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women: The Musical (Citadel Theatre); The Madonna Painter (Factory Theatre); Scenes from the Bathhouse, Emily (Talk Is Free Theatre); Johnny Belinda, Pygmalion (Watermark Theatre – PEI). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Banff/Citadel Program; Ryerson Theatre School (BFA). Awards: Mary Savidge Award (Stratford Festival); Dora nomination for The Jones Boy (Outstanding Performance).
For Studio 180: debut. Most recent: A Christmas Carol for Ross Petty. Upcoming: Anna Bolena with Canadian Opera Company. Most recent for Canadian Opera Company: Arabella; Louis Riel (as well for National Arts Centre); Ariodante; Pyramus & Thisbe; Rigoletto. Also for Ross Petty: Sleeping Beauty; Peter Pan; Cinderella. For Mirvish Productions: Once; Les Misèrables; War Horse; Ghost Stories; Rock of Ages; The Sound of Music; Dirty Dancing; The Lord of the Rings; Hairspray; The Lion King, Miss Saigon. Other engagements: Panamania; Gentlemen Prefer Broadway, for Luminato; Company, for Theatre 20; Evangeline, for The Charlottetown Festival; Jersey Boys for Dancap; Top Girls, for Soulpepper; The Rocky Horror Show for Canadian Stage Company & Manitoba Theatre Centre; O, in Las Vegas for Cirque du Soleil; Beauty and the Beast for Walt Disney Theatrical Canada; and inaugurated the first two ships for Disney Cruise Lines.
Assistant Stage Manager
For Studio 180: My Name is Asher Lev, My Night with Reg, You Will Remember Me. Select Theatre Credits: Comedy of Errors (TIP/WCT/Theatre Aquarius); Buying the Moose (PSFT); It’s All Tru (Cabaret Company); The Wizard of Oz (The Grand); A Grand Time in the Rapids (TIP); The Heidi Chronicles, The Odd Couple (Soulpepper); It’s A Wonderful Life (Theatre Aquarius), Steel Magnolias, The Gentleman Clothier, Touch and Go, Stag and Doe (UCP). Other: Bradley is a graduate of McMaster University and Sheridan College.
Mike Bartlett is currently Associate Playwright at Paines Plough. In 2011 he was writer-in-residence at The National Theatre, and in 2007 he was Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court Theatre. His play Love, Love, Love won Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK, and his play Cock won an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre; he won the Writer’s Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking and the Old Vic New Voices Awards for Artefacts. Theatre credits include: Love, Love, Love, 13 (National Theatre), Decade (co-writer), Earthquakes in London, Cock, Contractions, Artefacts, and My Child. Radio credits include: “The Core,” “Heart,” “Liam,” “The Steps,” “Love Contract,” “Not Talking,” and “The Family Man,” all on BBC. Screen credits include “Earthquakes in London” and “Hometown.” Directing credits include Honest by DC Moore. He is currently under commission from Headlong Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, and The Royal Court Theatre.
For Studio 180: My Name is Asher Lev, My Night with Reg, You Will Remember Me, NSFW, Cock, God of Carnage, Clybourne Park, The Normal Heart, Our Class, Parade (director and choreographer), The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens, Blackbird, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Laramie Project, The Passion of the Chris. As performer – Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. Co-founder and Artistic Director. Other theatre credits include: As director – The Underdogs, What the Butler Saw (Just For Laughs, Montreal); Taking Sides (Centaur Theatre); The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, You Can’t Take It with You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Theatre Aquarius); Vanities (The Grand Theatre). As director and choreographer – Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Dora Award); Forbidden Broadway (Dora Nomination); Bells Are Ringing (Grand); The Golden Land, The Rothschilds (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre). As choreographer – seven productions with Second City in Toronto and Chicago; She Loves Me (Grand). As playwright and director – Drink the Mercury (Dora Award) and The Nuclear Power Show (Chalmers Playwriting Award) for YPT.
For Studio 180: debut. As Director: The 10 Second Memory Project (Region of Waterloo), Dis/Connected (Aberystwyth, UK), Single & Sexy, Transience (uWaterloo), Titus Andronicus (Synchro Theatre). As playwright: A Community Target (Outside the March/Why Not Theatre), Lockdown (Driftwood Theatre), Guidebooks from Memory (published by the Region of Waterloo). Robert recently completed his MA in Practising Performance at Aberystwyth University in Wales (Prince Charles’ alma mater). With a practice rooted in site-specific theatre, Robert has staged work on an active city bus, in a dorm room, over Snapchat, in a vacant Target, on the streets of Leslieville, in a castle, and occasionally even in a theatre space. Robert was a participant in the 2017 Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat. He is excited to be working with his former professor, Joel Greenberg, and the Studio 180 team.
For Studio 180: as actress – My Name is Asher Lev, God of Carnage, The Normal Heart, Stuff Happens. Sarah is an emerging director and an award-winning actress. Her career of 45 years spans the major festivals, small indie theatre, film, TV, new play development and coaching. She couldn’t be more pleased to be teaming up with Studio 180 in this new endeavour, a company with whom she has had many rewarding artistic experiences in the past. Sarah gratefully acknowledges the support of Studio 180 and the RBC Emerging Directors Grant for making this possible.
For Studio 180: debut. Other theatre credits: 30 seasons at the Stratford Festival, including recent productions of Treasure Island, Shakespeare In Love, A Little Night Music, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Pericles and Carousel. For Mirvish Productions: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Medea, Orpheus Descending, The Drawer Boy. Kevin is a member of Associated Designers of Canada and is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School.
For Studio 180: You Will Remember Me; Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish; NSFW. Other theatre credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (Stratford Festival); Art, The Mountaintop (Grand Theatre – London); Onegin (Musical Stage Co); Das Ding (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage); The Watershed (Crow’s Theatre/Porte Parole); Her2, The Carousel, The Penelopiad, Happy Woman, The List (Nightwood Theatre); Twisted, Stop Heart (Factory Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Canadian Stage); Routes (Manitoba Theatre for Young People) and Top Girls (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Other: Denyse is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and has her BFA from NSCAD University. She has received many Dora Mavor Moore nominations and awards, a Chalmers Award and four Merritt Awards (Nova Scotia Theatre Award) for Outstanding Set, Projection and Costume designs. Denyse is a full member of ADC. www.denysekarn.com
For Studio 180: My Name is Asher Lev. Elsewhere: Designs for Stratford, Shaw, Mirvish, Soulpepper, CanStage, Crow’s, Tarragon, Factory, TPM, YPT, Modern Times, Aluna, BIBT, Nightwood, Toronto Dance Theatre, NAC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, RMTC and many others. Thomas has received 2 Dora awards and 17 nominations.
For Studio 180: My Night With Reg, God of Carnage, Cock, The Normal Heart, Our Class. Other theatre credits: Speaking in Tongues, The Test, Through the Leaves (Dora Award), Festen, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); Divisadero (Necessary Angel); The Retreat from Moscow, The Tempest, The Clean House, A Christmas Carol, Humble Boy, The Shape of Things (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, The Mill on the Floss, Betrayal, Twelfth Night, Don Carlos, The Misanthrope (Soulpepper); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); The Pessimist, Care, Alice’s Affair, Helen’s Necklace, Russell Hill, Little Mercy’s First Murder, The Good Life, Skylight, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Earshot, The Road to Hell (Tarragon Theatre); Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre – Dora Award); Caught, Unity (1918), Blood (Theatre Passe Muraille). John teaches design at the University of Toronto Drama Centre.
Head of Props
For Studio 180: Head of Props – My Night With Reg, God of Carnage; Props Design/Head of Props – Clybourne Park. Head of Props for the Canadian Stage Company.
King Charles III
CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic)
651 Yonge St, Toronto
Wednesday matinées: February 21 & 28 @ 1:30PM – Second matinée added due to popular demand!
Student group rate: $20 (teachers complimentary). This special rate also applies to 8PM performances Tuesday-Friday.
Recommended for: Grades 11 & 12 (includes some mature language)
Perfect for: Drama, English, History, Politics, Law, Media Studies & Leadership
“Without my voice, and spirit, I am dust.” – King Charles III
Looking to engage your senior students with Shakespeare in a fresh, innovative way? Mike Bartlett’s acclaimed “future history” play imagines the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the power struggle that results – all in contemporary iambic pentameter! Questions of leadership, identity, privacy, freedom, family and tradition are at the fore of this timely and epic play that shines a light on power, politics and the very nature of democracy. Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Play!
“King Charles III audaciously, even brilliantly, lays bare the illogic of the monarchy that props up that fragile, sceptered isle.”
Your experience at the theatre includes…
- A comprehensive study guide complete with background information and pre- and post-show discussion questions and activities (study guide coming soon)
- A talkback with cast members
- Complimentary teacher tickets