Prince Charles to meet actor portraying him in new play
The actor portraying Prince Charles in ‘King Charles III’ is looking forward to chatting to him about it.
Robert Powell, who is an ambassador of the Prince’s Trust and has met Charles a number of times, has not yet had a chance to speak to him about the production, but will see him soon at an upcoming garden party.
He said: “Funnily enough, two weeks after we finish touring I’m at Buckingham Palace at a garden party for the 40th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust.
“It will be the first time our paths will cross since I’ve been playing him and he will certainly be aware of it, so I’m quite looking forward to that.”
The fictional events of the play take place in the future when Charles becomes monarch but Robert explained his character is “slightly reluctant” about the whole thing.
He told the Gloucestershire Echo: “Charles is slightly reluctant to become king because he’s been hanging around for some time and not wholly confident it’s something he wants to do
“This script landed on my desk a year ago and as soon as I read it, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to say no, because it was just very difficult.
“I constantly choose the tough stuff; the harder it is, the more I become engaged. I’m not saying I get bored if it’s too easy but there’s nothing to occupy me and keep me bubbling.
“It’s a drama alongside King Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth, as it contains elements of all those plays. As Charles I have soliloquies, so I have to talk to the audience throughout.
“Sometimes you laugh with Charles and sometimes you laugh at him. By the end of the play it is extraordinarily poignant and disastrous for Charles.”