To mark the opening of the new play “King Charles III” at Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Newseum partners with the company to discuss the play’s themes, which include regime change and freedom of the press.
“King Charles III” director David Muse, who is also Studio Theatre’s artistic director, and Shakespeare Theatre’s resident dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg, talk about the premise of the play which imagines the future reign of Prince Charles as King of England. The play also explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain’s democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.
A central plot point in this “modern history” involves Parliament urging the new king to pass legislation restricting freedom of the press.
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