Nottingham’s Madness of George III to be shown online

Published: 4 June 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Adrian Scarborough (Dr Willis), David Hounslow (Thurlow), Andrew Joshi (Dundas), Mark Gatiss (George III) and Harry Kershaw (Duke of York) in The Madness of George III Credit: Manuel Harlan

Nottingham Playhouse’s production of Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III is to be streamed online as part of the National Theatre At Home series.

The Madness of George III features Mark Gatiss in the title role, Adrian Scarborough as Dr Willis and Debra Gillett as the Queen. It ran at Nottingham Playhouse in November 2018.

Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford's production was one of the first works to be broadcast internationally by NT Live from a theatre outside London. To date it has been seen by more than 50,000 people worldwide.

Penford said, “we've had lots of requests from our audience asking if we're able to share Alan's fabulous play during lockdown. It remains as pertinent as ever in its exploration of mental health, power and political divide.

“The production became the highest grossing drama in the Playhouse's 70-year history and I'm delighted more people will be able to experience the work of this highly talented cast and creative team.”

It will be broadcast on the National Theatre's YouTube Channel on Thursday 11 June at 7PM. It will be available free until 18 June although the Playhouse hopes viewers will donate to its Curtain Up appeal.