“Charles III” is coming to PBS this weekend

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The controversial hit Broadway / London West End play “King Charles III,” starring Tim Pigott-Smith, has been adapted to the small screen and will be televised on PBS in the United States Sunday, 14 May 2017.

As the title of the production indicates, the drama revolves around what might occur if Prince Charles’ ascended to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Written in black verse by Mike Bartlett, the 2014 stage play “King Charles III” proved such provocative entertainment, it won Best New Play at both the 2014 Critic’s Circle Theatre Awards and 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards. Further, the Bartlett also picked up the Best Theatre Production Award at the 2015 South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Tim Pigott-Smith (1946–2017)

Mr. Pigott-Smith, the actor that played Charles III, died suddenly on 7 April 2017, aged 70.

As an accomplished thespian, the Rugby born actor nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for his lead role in the Bartlett written play. For the Broadway production, Mr. Pigott-Smith received a Tony Award nomination.

The play was adapted into a 90-minute TV film for BBC Two and Masterpiece on PBS. Not surprisingly, the adaptation was first televised on BBC Two on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.

With great stage presence, inclusive of “King Charles III,” Mr. Pigott-Smith had developed an extraordinary resume of acting credits. It was a remarkable performance.

In addition to the now late Mr. Pigott-Smith, the production includes performances by Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Charlotte Riley, Margot Leicester, Tamara Lawrance, Adam James, Katie Brayben, and Max Bennett.

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Shain E. Thomas, recently graduated with an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, is currently working on an M.Sc. in Library Science. Shain, the senior editor of "Harsh Light," is also the U.S. Correspondent for "The Welshman" and a regular contributor to the "North Texas Daily."