Tony-nominated ‘King Charles III’ offers a new view of the royal family

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The 70th annual Tony Awards will air on Sunday night and all eyes will be on “Hamilton,” the story of America’s founding fathers, who threw off the yoke of monarchy. That musical will be honored at the ceremony alongside another work involving British royalty: “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s fictional exploration of Britain’s most famous family, written in the style of one of Shakespeare’s history plays.

The show is nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play for director Rupert Goold, and Best Costume Design of a Play for costume designer Tom Scutt. Tim Pigott-Smith, who plays Charles, the Prince of Wales, is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Richard Goulding, who plays Prince Harry, received a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role.

Theater-goers the world over remain fascinated by Britain’s royal family, which accounts for the play’s success, said Ben Brantley, chief theater critic for The New York Times. “It becomes the stuff of serious historical tragedy,” he said.

He joined Jeffrey Brown to discuss the play and other nominated productions. For more, watch the PBS NewsHour tonight.

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