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The Madness of George III

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6f, 22m

"Absolutely engrossing." - New York Post

"A richly amusing evening of high office politics with plenty of contemporary resonances." - Daily Express

"What Mr. Bennett achieves with a consummate sense of theatre is in mak…

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 22m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
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Summary
In this sensational drama from the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain George III becomes increasingly erratic after losing the American colonies until doctors are brought in to cure his madness. All of them are eminently respectable quacks and one is in the employ of the Prince to Wales, a man with a strong motive for easing the king further into madness. When the King recovers with the aid of a country doctor, a constitutional crisis is averted. Nigel Hawthorne starred at London's National Theatre, on Broadway and film as mad King George.
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  • Room for Extras
  • Time Period 18th Century, 17th Century
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

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"Absolutely engrossing." - New York Post

"A richly amusing evening of high office politics with plenty of contemporary resonances." - Daily Express

"What Mr. Bennett achieves with a consummate sense of theatre is in making this remote, ambiguous monarch character totally accessible to a modern audience, at once a fascinating figure of both tragedy and heroism." - The Daily Mail

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Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett was born in Leeds in 1934. After studying at Oxford University he collaborated as a writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in Beyond the Fringe in 1960 at the Edinburgh Festival. He then turned to writing full time and produced h ...
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