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The Madness Of George III to be streamed next by National Theatre

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 4 June 2020, Last Updated 5 June 2020

Alan Bennett’s epic multi-award-winning drama The Madness Of George III, will be streamed on 11 June via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel as part of National Theatre at Home.

The 2018 broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse marked the first collaboration between the two organisations, and is the first production from outside of London to be streamed as part of the National Theatre at Home series.

Directed by Nottingham Playhouse’s Artistic Director Adam Penford, the cast includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who); Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance), and Debra Gillett (Call the Midwife, Doctor Who).

It’s 1788 and George III is one of the most powerful men in the world, but his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as his mind unravels at a dramatic pace. As the Queen and Prime Minister attempt to hide the king’s illness, ambitious politicians and a scheming prince begin a power struggle, endangering the stability of the crown.

The Madness Of George III was first performed at the National Theatre in 1991 before being turned into an Oscar and BAFTA winning film in 1994.

National Theatre at Home is available for free but should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, they have launched a public appeal on their home page.

Money donated via YouTube for The Madness of George III will be shared with Nottingham Playhouse’s Curtain Up Appeal.

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