Nottingham Playhouse announces that its award-winning, sold-out production of Alan Bennettâ€™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 Theatreâ€™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 Penfordâ€™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, 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, said: â€śWe’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.â€ť
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 online or via text â€“ text NOTTS 10 to 70085 to donate ÂŁ10 or text NOTTS 20 to 70085 to donate ÂŁ20.
The 2018 production at Nottingham Playhouse was sponsored by Brewin Dolphin