OverviewAn 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
“By George, Mark Gatiss has got it!”5 rating
“This is the stand-out production of the Director Adam Penford's inaugural season”4 rating
“Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough are electric together in a technically striking outing for Alan Bennett's modern classic”4 rating
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 Programme. See the exhibition here.