National Theatre Live: The Madness of George II
The Madness of George III
by Alan Bennett
Multi-award-winning dramaÂ The Madness of George IIIÂ will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Liveâ€™s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britainâ€™s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys,Â 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-winnersÂ Mark GatissÂ (Sherlock,Â Wolf Hall,Â NT LiveÂ Coriolanus) in the title role, andÂ Adrian ScarboroughÂ (Gavin and Stacey,Â Upstairs Downstairs,Â After the Dance).
Itâ€™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 Kingâ€™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.