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King Charles III – at the Almeida Theatre

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

“Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

“Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs the World Premiere, following his acclaimed production of American Psycho.” – from the Almeida Theatre website

Before taking on the role of artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, Rupert Goold was artistic director of Headlong, the theatre company behind Chimerica, American Psycho and 1984.

Following an initial phase when I took prepayments for seats and booked several blocks for group members, this option is now closed. Please book your own seat direct with the theatre. Also, if you’re open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number (and whether stalls or circle) in the comments below, for group members who might want to book a neighbouring seat.

Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance.

In the days immediately prior, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. Also, we will have drinks in the theatre cafe-bar after the play, for anyone who would like to stay on afterward for a conversation about the play.

                                                                    Image: NB Studios

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  • Jug

    Royal watchers, I noticed in the play that Piggot-Smith signed the royal assent with his left hand. Charles is left handed, right? And so is Prince William? Only the actor playing William signed with his right hand, if my memory serves me well. Would someone confirm the facts so I can sleep at night again please.
    Jane - excellently organised once again.

    May 20, 2014

  • Jane

    A consistently fascinating, rhythmic delight, with excellent performances across the board, and especially Tim Piggot-Smith. Really glad to have met you all - thanks for coming.

    April 22, 2014

  • Tenny

    Very enjoyable, constitutional intrigue, politics, monarchy & Shakespear... loved it

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Alice

    For those puzzling over the identity of the actor at the table to our right - no one was interested in the actor to our left - it came to me as we left the theatre.

    He was one of the gay couple who bred dogs in Best in Breed:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218839/

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0383422/?ref_=tt_cl_t14

    1 · April 19, 2014

    • Melanie

      So that's who he was! I thought it was brilliant, totally believable, which is probably the scary part

      1 · April 19, 2014

  • Alice

    Loved the mix of demotic and cod Shakespeare. Thought the insight into character was shrewd though far too kind to the Prime Minister.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Jason T.

    I'd love to go but haven't managed to buy a ticket ... If you know someone who can't make it, let me know please! :)

    April 15, 2014

    • Sara S.

      Hey Jason, I mentioned this above to Caroline too.I have just asked Almeida Theatre to resell my ticket for tomorrow - last minute change of plans and can no longer go! If you call them on[masked] and press option 5 they can sell it for you.

      April 17, 2014

    • Jason T.

      Hey Sara - thanks for writing - I only just saw your message! Still keen to see this play!

      April 19, 2014

  • christina m.

    Hi
    I queued up this am and bought 2 tickets so if anyone wants to come, let me know. I only needed one. Just send me an email on this site. If not, I will sell it tonight when I get to the theatre. See everyone later.
    Christina

    1 · April 18, 2014

    • christina m.

      ;yes you can meet me in the lobby at 7 15

      April 18, 2014

  • Julia H.

    Just had to change my RSVP to 'no' although I have a ticket. My cousin turned up to surprise me from new Zealand so can't really head out without her. I hope someone can use my ticket though. Enjoy!

    April 18, 2014

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Julia. I've now had another taker for your ticket. In the meantime, have a lovely evening with your cousin!

      April 18, 2014

    • Jug

      Hello Julia I have just spoken to Jane and will take up your ticket. I will send you an email to arrange payment. Thank you and enjoy your surprise weekend. Cheerio JuG

      April 18, 2014

  • Caroline

    Hello all, just to say if anyone wants Sara's ticket please go ahead, as I something urgent has come up this evening.

    April 18, 2014

  • Caroline

    Hello, please let me know if anyone has any tickets for this night! Thanks.

    April 15, 2014

    • Sara S.

      Hi Caroline, I have just asked Almeida Theatre to resell my ticket for tomorrow - last minute change of plans and can no longer go! If you call them on[masked] and press option 5 they can sell it for you.

      1 · April 17, 2014

    • Caroline

      Thanks for letting me know Sara. I will check if I can still get there and then call the theatre.

      April 18, 2014

  • Jane

    Also, if you manage to buy a last-minute ticket and decide to join us, please ensure that you RSVP via the website, so I know to expect you - thanks.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jane

    I've just sent a message to all attendees with details of arrangements for tomorrow. Please let me know if you don't receive it.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sara S.

    Hello, I bought my ticket on E26, what time is the group gathering? Look forward to meeting you all.

    April 10, 2014

    • Jane

      Usually around half an hour prior. As mentioned in the write-up, I'll send out full details in the days leading up to the play.

      April 12, 2014

    • Sara S.

      Hi Jane, unfortunately I will have to miss this one. On the plus side Almeida will resell my £9 ticket so one more person can go :)

      April 17, 2014

  • Melanie

    Just managed to get a return - in row j

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Catherine

    already had tickets when this went up and saw it last night - a treat indeed......if a little disconcerting in its possibilities..... enjoy!

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I've just booked seat K18. See you all on Friday

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Hilary

    Unfortunately I can't make that date. Enjoy.

    March 27, 2014

  • Anya

    Hi Jane. I've just booked a ticket too (circle B16). Would love to meet up with you all before the performance - this will be my first meetup with this group.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Jane

    I've bought tickets for Atul, Jessie Harrington, Justin, Julia Hiles, Anita, Alice, Tenny and myself. We're in circle seats A5-6, C7-9 and C23-25.

    1 · March 9, 2014

    • Tenny

      Thank you look forward to meeting everyone.

      1 · March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jane. See you soon-ish!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Susan S.

    I love theatre

    March 9, 2014

  • Michelle

    Hi Jane, I am coming but I have booked a seat in the stalls G11, once the price has come off I will confirm that I am coming via the usual way.

    March 6, 2014

  • Claudia B.

    Not in London for that date unfortunately!

    March 1, 2014

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Claudia - hope to see you another time

      March 2, 2014

  • Richard D.

    Unfortunately I will be away that weekend. Oops, I just remembered I forgot to pay you £1 at 1984. I will pay you £2 next time if that is OK!!

    March 1, 2014

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Richard. I hope you can make it another time before long.

      March 2, 2014

  • Anita

    Hi Jane just booked for this - always worth taking a punt on Almeida productions!
    Thanks for organising
    Anita

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Alice

    Was definitely being dim - all sorted now! Thanks for this - looking forward to it.

    Alice

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Alice

    Hi Jane

    I'm probably being dim but can't seem to pay for this - is there a link I'm missing? When I clicked Pay Online I got this page but can't see it. Sorry if it's obvious and I've missed it.

    Alice

    March 1, 2014

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