Tim Pigott-Smith and Charlotte Riley to star in BBC2’s King Charles III adaptation

Tim Pigott-Smith in King Charles II
Tim Pigott-Smith in King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre in 2014. Photo: Johan Persson
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Tim Pigott-Smith will reprise the title role in a BBC2 adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, which sees Charlotte Riley joining the cast as Kate Middleton.

The 90-minute drama is produced by Drama Republic, the company behind Doctor Foster, and will be directed by original stage director Rupert Goold.

Cast members who starred in the production at the Almeida, including Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Margot Leicester and Adam James, will appear in the BBC2 adaptation.

Joining the cast alongside Riley will be Priyanga Burford and Tamara Lawrance.

Pigott-Smith said: “Performing King Charles in Mike Bartlett’s astonishing play in London and New York has been one of the high points of my career. I am thrilled that we are to film it – it is a drama about us, now, who we are, and the relevance of our monarchy. Television gives it an important democratic voice.”

Riley described the project as “unique”.

“To be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story, is an exciting prospect for an actor. Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to,” she added.

Bartlett has adapted the drama from his own play, which won an Olivier award for best new play in 2015.

Filming begins this month in Leeds.

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