Car Park King at Washington

Published: 11 October 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Witches, human birds, flamboyant French kings, pragmatic watchmen, murderers, salesmen, lizards, messengers and magical mushrooms. Add in a drop of Monty Python, a dash of Blackadder and a sprinkle of Spike Milligan.

Sounds silly?

That’s Car Park King, a comedy with three actors—including playwright Jessica McDonagh—and more than 20 characters, about the life of the controversial king and Shakespeare’s greatest villain Richard III which comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 17 October. Awoken from his car park tomb, King Richard III accidentally becomes cursed and tries to stop a prophecy and protect his two nephews from danger.

It’s not going to be easy.

But it will, we are told, be entertaining, hilarious and bizarre, and BTG reviewer Georgina Wells wrote of it, “Car Park King is silly (and occasionally crude) but it’s a lot of fun to watch. It’s like Horrible Histories for adults and, if Shakespeare had envisaged Richard III as comedy material, I’m sure he would have approved.”