A Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company production

NT Live - The Madness of George III

By Alan Bennett

Thursday 11 - Thursday 18 June 2020

Online - Free online via Youtube


Our award-winning, sell-out production of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III is streaming online now as part of the National Theatre At Home series. Broadcast via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, the epic work is available free to view on demand until 18 June.

Whilst the production will be available free of charge, we would be grateful if viewers would consider donating to our Curtain Up Appeal which will directly support our re-opening and help to secure the future of Nottingham Playhouse.

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About the show

The Madness of George III stars Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Wolf Hall, Three Days in the Country), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After 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 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.

An Introduction

Before joining us for the live stream, why not watch our introduction to the show. Delve into the world of George III and go behind the scenes into rehearsals…

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?

As part of the staging of The Madness of George III in 2018, Nottingham Playhouse hosted a panel discussion with professionals and people with lived experience of mental health issues from Turning Point, Nottingham Healthcare Trust, Nottingham Time to Change and IMROC. Click here to read the transcript from the discussion.

This production is sponsored by Brewin Dolphin

Dates & Times

NT Live - The Madness of George III - Thu 11 Jun 7:00pm Thu 11 Jun Online 7:00pm
NT Live - The Madness of George III - Thu 18 Jun 7:00pm Thu 18 Jun Online 7:00pm


‘By George, Mark Gatiss has got it’
The Telegraph

‘This is the stand-out production of the Director Adam Penford’s inaugural season’
The Times

‘Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough are electric together in a technically striking outing for Alan Bennett’s modern classic’
The Guardian

The Daily Mail

The Metro

The Sunday Times

The Observer

The Stage

‘A triumph’
Nottingham Post

Cast and Crew

Name Role
Mark Gatiss George III
Adrian Scarborough Dr Willis
Debra Gillett Queen Charlotte
Nadia Albina Fitzroy
Nicholas Bishop William Pitt
Amanda Hadingue Fox/Sir Lucas Pepys
Jack Holden Greville
David Hounslow Thurlow
Stephanie Jacob Sir George Baker/Sheridan
Louise Jameson Dr Warren
Andrew Joshi Dundas
Adam Karim Fortnum
Harry Kershaw Duke of York
Billy Postlethwaite Braun
Sara Powell Lady Pembroke
Wilf Scolding Prince of Wales
Jessica Temple Papandiek
Alan Bennett Writer
Adam Penford Director
Robert Jones Designer
Richard Howell Lighting Designer
Tom Gibbons Sound Designer
Lizzi Gee Movement Director
Jonathan Holby Fight Director
Hazel Holder Voice Coach
Sarah Bird CDG Casting Director
Stuart Burt CDG Casting Director
Jamie Armitage Assistant Director
Richard Mawbley Wigs Designer
Poppy Hall Wardrobe Supervisor

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