NT Live: The Madness of George III

Beaming live from Nottingham Playhouse, Alan Bennett's epic

Showing Times

Tue 20 Nov 19:00

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.  The Queen and Prime Minister attempt to hide the king’s illness from his subjects while royal doctors hopelessly squabble over the correct cure, subjecting him to torturous medical treatments.  Meanwhile, 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 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).


Film Information

210 mins

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