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Olivier Winner ‘King Charles III’ Sets Dates, Theater for Broadway Run

Fresh from winning the 2015 Olivier Award for best play, Mike Bartlett’s “future-history” tale “King Charles III” has claimed the Music Box Theater for a fall run on Broadway.

U.K. actor Tim Piggott-Smith will reprise his role as Charles, who, in the play, becomes king of England following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Rupert Goold, the artistic director of London’s Almeida Theater, directs.

The production initially bowed at the Almeida in 2014 prior to transferring to the West End.

Broadway is awash in British royalty at the moment, and such fare tends to prove popular with the Street’s anglophile audiences. “The Audience,” in which Helen Mirren portrays Elizabeth II, is one of the strongest selling plays of this season, and “Wolf Hall,” the two-part marathon about Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, is also doing brisk business after earning strong reviews last week.

Further casting remains to be set for “King Charles III.” Stuart  Thompson and Sonia Friedman produce the show, which begins previews Oct. 10 ahead of a Nov. 1 opening.

The current tenant at the Music Box, “The Heidi Chronicles,” is currently scheduled to end its limited run Aug. 9.

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