An Olivier award-winning cast, starring Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Wolf Hall, Three Days in the Country), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance) and Debra Gillett (Call the Midwife and Doctor Who).

“I’ve always been myself, even when I was ill. Only now I seem myself. And that’s the important thing.”

1788. King George III is the most powerful man in the world. “However his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic with his mind unravelling at a dramatic pace.

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

Ambitious politicians and the scheming prince begin a power struggle, endangering the stability of the crown.

A play about power and identity, examining the fine line between a King and a man.

The Madness of George III is an epic, multi-award-winning drama, familiar from both stage and screen. Expect grand costumes and royal pomp alongside nail-biting tension in Nottingham Playhouse’s brand new production of Alan Bennett’s moving and funny masterpiece.

Selected as theatre highlight of 2018 by BBC News, Daily Mail and Nottingham Post.

Part of the 2018 NT Live season


Mark Gatiss
George III Mark Gatiss
Adrian Scarborough
Dr Willis Adrian Scarborough
Debra Gillett
Queen Charlotte Debra Gillett
Nadia Albina
Fitzroy Nadia Albina
Nicholas Bishop
William Pitt Nicholas Bishop
Amanda Hadingue
Fox/Sir Lucas Pepys Amanda Hadingue
Jack Holden
Greville Jack Holden
David Hounslow
Thurlow David Hounslow
Stephanie Jacob
Sir George Baker/Sheridan Stephanie Jacob
Louise Jameson
Dr Warren Louise Jameson
Andrew Joshi
Dundas Andrew Joshi
Adam Karim
Fortnum Adam Karim
Harry Kershaw
Duke of York Harry Kershaw
Billy Postlethwaite
Braun Billy Postlethwaite
Sara Powell
Lady Pembroke Sara Powell
Wilf Scolding
Prince of Wales Wilf Scolding
Jessica Temple
Papandiek Jessica Temple


Writer Alan Bennett
Director Adam Penford
Designer Robert Jones
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Movement Director Lizzi Gee
Fight Director Jonathan Holby
Voice Coach Hazel Holder
Casting Director Sarah Bird CDG
Casting Director Stuart Burt CDG
Assistant Director Jamie Armitage
Wigs Designer Richard Mawbley
Wardrobe Supervisor Poppy Hall


“By George, Mark Gatiss has got it!”
5 rating
The Telegraph
“This is the stand-out production of the Director Adam Penford's inaugural season”
4 rating
The Times
“Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough are electric together in a technically striking outing for Alan Bennett's modern classic”
4 rating
The Guardian
4 rating
Daily Mail
4 rating
The Metro
4 rating
The Sunday Times
4 rating
The Observer
4 rating
The Stage

Georgian Papers Programme

On 9 October 2018, Mark Gatiss visited the Royal Library at Windsor in preparing for his role as George III. You can see all of the papers he saw in this fantastic virtual exhibition by the Georgian Papers ProgrammeSee the exhibition here.