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National Theatre at Home: The Madness of George III

A Nottingham Playhouse Production

by Alan Bennett

From 11 to 18 June 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes including a short interval

National Theatre at Home: The Madness of George III

Alan Bennett's multi-award-winning drama produced by Nottingham Playhouse.

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 (SherlockWolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and StaceyUpstairs DownstairsAfter the Dance).

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.

BBFC rating for cinemas: 12A

We’re all about experiencing theatre together.

At a time when you aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to bring you National Theatre at Home.

The Madness of George III was streamed part of National Theatre at Home, from 11 - 18 June on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.

Some of the best British theatre was free to watch from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube, with each title available for one week.

Thank you to all the amazing artists who allowed us to share The Madness of George III in this way, during a time when many theatre fans aren’t able to visit their local theatre. 


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Official Trailer | Nottingham Playhouse’s The Madness of George III | National Theatre at Home

Watch the trailer for Nottingham Playhouse’s ‘spellbinding’ ★★★★★ (The Telegraph) production of The Madness of George III, by Alan Bennett, featuring Mark Gatiss (Dracula, Sherlock).

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Scenic Painting | The Madness of George III - Nottingham Playhouse | National Theatre at Home

Hear from the Nottingham Playhouse's Head of Paintshop, Claire Thompson, and Deputy Head of Paintshop, Anna Roberts, and watch time lapses as their backdrops for The Madness of George III, designed by Robert Jones, come to life.

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Official Introduction | The Madness of George III - Nottingham Playhouse | National Theatre at Home

An introduction to Alan Bennett's royally theatrical modern classic, The Madness of George III, from Alan Bennett himself, Adam Penford (director), Mark Gatiss (King George), Debra Gillett (Queen Charlotte), Sara Powell (Lady Pembroke) and Arthur Burns (historian).

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Photograph (Mark Gatiss) by Creative by Wren.