Alan Bennett’s epic multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III, starring Mark Gatiss in the title role, will be streamed from next Thursday 11 June 2020 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. The production will be available to watch on-demand for seven days.
Directed by Nottingham Playhouse’s Artistic Director Adam Penford, the cast includes Olivier award-winners Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance), alongside 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, The Madness of King George starring Nigel Hawthorne, in 1994.
National Theatre at Home is available for free but viewers are invited to make a donation to support the National Theatre. Money donated via YouTube for The Madness of George III will be shared with Nottingham Playhouse’s Curtain Up Appeal.
More productions for National Theatre at Home will be announced at a later date.
About National Theatre at Home
National Theatre at Home launched in April in response to theatre and cinema closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic. To date, since its launch, nine productions have been streamed for free via YouTube to an audience of millions. With the closure of theatres set to continue for some time, the future of the industry for artists and organisations remains uncertain. The National Theatre has, in agreement with Equity, committed to pay all artists and creatives involved with productions streamed as part of National Theatre at Home.
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) June 4, 2020