WHITCHURCH’S Talbot Theatre is set to host a play commissioned to celebrate King Charles III’s 75th birthday.

The Shropshire Drama Company’s (SDC) is taking its self-penned production 42 Crowns out on another short tour of the county this autumn to celebrate His Majesty's forthcoming milestone birthday. 

The showing at the theatre based at Sir John Talbot’s School, in Tilstock Road, will be the last of a small run on Friday, November 17.

Written by SDC member Michele Rowland-Jones and performed by four actors and a musician 42 Crowns is delivered through a combination of rhyming verse, songs, readings, poetry and fun facts.


It is a wry and quirky observation of the activities of our kings and queens during the reigns of various regal houses; such as the Plantagenets, Tudors, Stuarts and Windsors – from 1066 and up to the incumbent monarch Charles III, making it 42 in total.

Rewritten from the original script of 41 Crowns to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth and the coronation of King Charles III, it has been amended one final time to celebrate the King’s milestone birthday on November 14.

Michele said: “Although it contains the odd serious moment, 42 Crowns is essentially an alternative, light-hearted take on the monarchy throughout the ages. 

Whitchurch Herald:

“Our short tour in the spring was great fun and we performed to audiences who genuinely didn’t know what to expect but they laughed in all the right places.”

The tour begins on Saturday, October 21 at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury and then at SpArC Theatre, in Bishop’s Castle on Thursday, November 9; Saturday 11 November – Wellington Drama Festival, The Belfrey Theatre, Wellington before finishing off in Whitchurch.

Ticket prices and times for each of the venues are available to view at www.shropshiredramacompany.co.uk