NT Live: The Madness of King George III
UK | 2018 | 2hrs 40mins | M Offensive language
- Writer: Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van)
- Starring: Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
- Producer: A Nottingham Playhouse
- NT Live
- 7 March, Thursday, 2PM NEW
- 10 March, Friday, 5PM final
NT LIVE tickets $25 adults;
$20 seniors, children, beneficiaries and students.
fans of Bennett’s writing will not be disappointed
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
This is a first broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
National Theatre Live
broadcasts live performances via satellite from the Royal National Theatre in London and from other theatres to cinemas and arts centres around the world. NTLive website
Amidst the king’s crazed and troubled mind, the vultures circle and political machinations and scheming take precedent over caring for his well-being. …
This play is an episodic dance of power and helplessness in the public eye and we’re not always sure precisely who is leading here. …
The Madness of King George III is a clever and subtle play that still resonates today. It explores some fine lines between regent and man, and sane versus certifiable. Bennet’s play is ultimately a contemporary yet timeless portrait of a man who walks the thin line between being fit for a king.
Natalie Salvo, theaureview.com