Actress Katie Brayben is seen wearing a mask that depicts Britain's Prince Charles. (AP/Almeida Theatre, Johan Persson)
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A new play about Britain's future king is getting rave reviews."King Charles III" imagines the current heir, Prince Charles, taking the throne with catastrophic results.Just a few decades ago, depictions of living British monarchs were banned from the country's stages. Even in 2014, Mike Bartlett's drama is drawing strong reactions.Most of Britain's newspapers applauded the play Friday, however.Until 1968, an official called the Lord Chamberlain had the power to censor plays appearing in British theaters, and depictions of reigning monarchs were forbidden.Both of those plays offer affectionate portrayals of the much-loved monarch. "King Charles III" presents a more ambiguous ruler and asks unsettling questions.
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