First Look: Production images: The Madness of George III

An Olivier award-winning cast, starring Mark Gatiss (SherlockThe League of GentlemenDoctor WhoWolf HallThree Days in the Country), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and StaceyUpstairs DownstairsAfter 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.

Contains scenes that some audience members may find distressing. Find out about the trigger warnings and advisories here.

The Madness of George III will be part of the NT Live season this year. Find out more about the NT Live performance here.

The Madness of George III Panel Discussion
How was mental illness understood in the time of King George III? What has changed in attitudes towards mental health and how it is treated since the time of the play? What remains the same and what still needs to change? Find out more here.

FREE Pre-Show Talk: King George III in his own words: new findings from the Georgian Papers at Windsor Castle
Thu 8 Nov 6.15pm – 7pm (incl. 15 mins of questions)
Find out more about the talk here

The Madness of George III Explored: An Exhibition for Mark Gatiss
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.