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Charles is king, Harry's in trouble and Kate's taking charge in Pasadena Playhouse's royal winner 'King Charles III'

Charles is king, Harry's in trouble and Kate's taking charge in Pasadena Playhouse's royal winner 'King Charles III'

“King Charles III,” British playwright Mike Bartlett’s “future history play” that was nominated for a Tony Award last year, begins with the funeral procession for Britain’s longest ruling monarch: Queen Elizabeth II (who, I hasten to add, is still thriving today with her corgis, pocketbooks and unusual hats).

Death has thrown the royal family into a tizzy. I don’t have to tell you much about this gang. Most of you know egg-heady Charles and unshowy Camilla, dependable William and glamorous Catherine (who goes by Kate) and, of course, hot-water Harry better than I do. But the play, written in a buttery blank verse, isn’t all that interested in the gossip that’s regularly splashed...

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