National Theatre’s streaming of The Madness of George III aids Nottingham Playhouse

Multi award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be screened on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel this week.

Thursday, 11th June 2020, 5:30 am
The National Theatre's production of The Madness of George III. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
The National Theatre's production of The Madness of George III. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs, Downstairs, After The Dance) tread the boards alongside Debra Gillett (Call The Midwife, Doctor Who).

Alan Bennett's epic creation is set in 1788 when 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 2018 broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse is the first production from outside of London to be streamed as part of the National Theatre at Home series. Money donated via YouTube for The Madness of George III will be shared with Nottingham Playhouse’s Curtain Up Appeal: nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

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The Madness of George III will begin streaming on Thursday, June 11 and will be available to watch on demand for seven days.

First performed at the National Theatre in 1991, the play was turned into an Oscar and BAFTA winning film in 1994.