Out of Joint, Hampstead Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions present
King of Hearts
by Alistair Beaton 2207
Princess Di, Wallis Simpson – why is it always affairs of the heart that send the Windsors into meltdown? In Alistair Beaton’s delicious new satire, love, politics and royalty collide to hilarious effect.
The handsome young heir to the throne is in love. His fiancee is attractive, intelligent, cultured – and a Muslim. Suddenly it’s not only the future of the Royal Family under question but the very identity of Britain itself, as a panicked Prime Minister grapples with the possibility of a Muslim monarchy.
“Political satire at its best, poisonously funny, a brilliant distorting mirror held up to our nature… Beaton has a crazed but realistic imagination, an awesome talent for the killer joke, and a finger firmly attached to the pulse of the nation”
John Peter, Sunday Times
“A funny, silly, innovative, provocative farce… This is a sparky evening”
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
“Belly laughs, a sharp production and strong performances throughout”
Guy Adams, Independent
“A breath of fresh air – a very clever, comic device to raise questions about contemporary Britain, in ways that are funny – really refreshing.”
Steve Richards, Radio 4 Front Row
“An orgy of Machiavellian manoeuvring”
Michael Billington, Guardian