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The Madness of George III to be Streamed Online


Nottingham Playhouse announces that its award-winning, sold-out production of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III will be streamed online as part of the next collection of The National Theatre At Home series. Broadcast via the National Theatre’s YouTube Channel, the epic work, which stars Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) in the title role, will be aired on Thursday 11 June at 7pm and available free to view on-demand until 18 June.

Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Adam Penford’s production was filmed from the Nottingham Playhouse stage in 2018 as one of the first works to be broadcast internationally by NT Live from a theatre outside London. To date it has been seen by over 50,000 people worldwide.

In addition to Gatiss, the Olivier Award-Winning cast also includes Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance) and Debra Gillett (Call the Midwife and Doctor Who). The production won the 2019 Whatsonstage Awards for Best Play Revival and Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Adrian Scarborough.

Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, 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 seventy-year history and I’m delighted more people will be able to experience the work of this highly talented cast and creative team.”

Whilst the production will be available free of charge, Nottingham Playhouse hopes that viewers will take the opportunity to donate to its Curtain Up Appeal and contribute to the re-opening and future of the theatre. Donations to the Curtain Up Appeal can be made via nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/support/curtain-up-appeal/ or via text – text NOTTS 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or text NOTTS 20 to 70085 to donate £20.

The latest news regarding Nottingham Playhouse and its reaction to Covid-19 can be found at: nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/.

Production Credits:
The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett
A Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company production, first performed at Nottingham Playhouse from 2 to 24 November 2018
Production at Nottingham Playhouse sponsored by Brewin Dolphin


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
Casting Director Stuart Burt CDG
Assistant Director Jamie Armitage
Wigs Designer Richard Mawbley
Wardrobe Supervisor Poppy Hall


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