“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 brand new production of Alan Bennett’s moving and funny masterpiece.

Friday 2 – Saturday 24 November 2018

Main House – Tickets: £37.50 – £8.50


The Madness of George III will be part of the NT Live season this year. Find out more about the NT Live performance here.


George III Mark Gatiss
Dr Willis Adrian Scarborough
Queen Charlotte Debra Gillett
Fitzroy Nadia Albina
William Pitt Nicholas Bishop
Fox/Sir Lucas Pepys Amanda Hadingue
Greville Jack Holden
Thurlow David Hounslow
Sir George Baker/Sheridan Stephanie Jacob
Dr Warren Louise Jameson
Dundas Andrew Joshi
Fortnum Adam Karim
Duke of York Harry Kershaw
Braun Billy Postlethwaite
Lady Pembroke Sara Powell
Prince of Wales Wilf Scolding
Papandiek Jessica Temple


Writer Alan Bennett
Director Adam Penford
Designer Robert Jones
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Movement Director Lizzi Gee
Fight Director Jonathan Holby
Voice Coach Hazel Holder
Casting Director Sarah Bird CDG
Assistant Director Jamie Armitage