The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends to the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

Following its critically-acclaimed West End run, Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award-winning new future history play comes to The REP.

This “bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play” (The Independent) explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

Cast includes Robert Powell as King Charles III.

Reviews From Our Local Press

“Fascinating and compelling”
Stage Talk Magazine

“A first class production; this is theatre pretty near as good as it gets.”
Behind The Arras

“A provocative performance all around and one that I am telling everybody to see.“
Polaroids and Polarbears

“Truly thought-provoking, powerful, and visually and aurally stunning…A triumph.”
The Public Reviews

“Funny, interesting and gives food for thought”
Birmingham Mail

“A modern classic.”
What’s On Stage

“It’s easy to forget it isn’t Charles himself on stage. Powell is magnetic”
What’s On Birmingham

“Has all the high drama of the greatest royal epics from the Bard”
Stage Reviews

“May this play reign for many years to come.”
The Gay UK

“Powerful, entertaining, enlightening, and ultimately moving”
Bum On A Seat

“It is frankly unmissable”
Fashion Mommy Blog

“A very special piece of writing showcased with creativity and diligence.”
Broadway World

“As a play for our times, it’s unbeatable.”
Lichfield Live

“Well-paced and…tightly focussed.”
Native Monster

Audience Reactions

National Reviews From 2014 West End Production

“Bold, brilliant and unstoppably entertaining…theatre doesn’t get much better than this”
The Times

“A royally entertaining drama for our time”
Daily Telegraph

“A crowning achievement”
Mail on Sunday

“True heir of greatness”
Daily Express


Mike Bartlett Writer
Rupert Goold Director
Whitney Mosery Associate Director
Tom Scutt Designer
Jocelyn Pook Composer
Jon Clark Lighting Designer
Paul Arditti Sound Design
Joyce Nettles Casting
Jess Edwards Assistant Director
Eleri Lloyd Assistant Designer

This production at Birmingham Repertory Theatre is supported by

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The HOUSE at The REP

  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
  • The HOUSE is The REP’s largest auditorium, seating over 800 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front and midway up on Row L.

    Built on democratic principals with no circle or boxes and with a saucer shaped rake, The HOUSE is designed so that all seats have a great view of the action.

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
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