NT Live: The Madness of George III

By Alan Bennett

Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 6.45pm



Nottingham Playhouse is going global as we partner with National Theatre Live for the first time to broadcast our new production of The Madness of George III. The royal-themed drama will be broadcast live from the theatre to cinemas across the UK and beyond, reaching tens of thousands of people. Join us at the Playhouse and be part of this historic broadcast.

The Live Broadcast Experience – All You Need To Know

As this performance is being broadcast live globally there will be cameras in the auditorium. There will be 360 degree filming which will result in audience members being filmed and appearing on screen. By attending you are agreeing to being filmed and appearing in the broadcast.

Views of the Stage
Views of the stage from some seats may be restricted at any time during the performance.

• Seats which will have a restricted view throughout the whole performance are priced at £6.
• Seats which may have a restricted view during certain parts of the performance are priced at £12.
• Seats which have a full and unrestricted view of the stage are priced at their usual standard price.

As this performance is a live recording, there is a possibility that we might ask you to move seats prior to the performance so that your view is not obstructed.

Tickets and Access
All tickets and discounts are subject to availability. If you require level access to the auditorium, or have any other questions about the performance, filming or seat availability, please call Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

All audience members must be seated by 6.45pm. Strictly no latecomers or re-admittance to the auditorium once filming has commenced.

Parking at the Playhouse
From Wednesday 14 – Tuesday 20 November there will be external broadcast vehicles on site, in the run up to and duration of the live broadcast. This therefore means designated parking spaces for disabled drivers on East Circus Street outside our Stage Door are limited.

The closest drop off points with a drop kerb can be found near the top of East Circus Street as you approach Wellington Circus and in the Taxi bays on North Circus Street.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and would recommend arriving as early as possible to enable parking in the nearby street bays during this time. Do contact us in advance on 0115 941 9419 should you require further advice.

If you would like to attend on another date, the full list of performances for The Madness of George III can be found here. The Madness of George III runs from Friday 2 – Saturday 24 November.

Restricted view seating
With the exception of the circle, stalls seats are predominantly either restricted view seats or partially restricted view seats.
Restricted view seats – £6
Your view will be obstructed for the majority of the performance.
Partially restricted view seats – £12
Your view will be partially obstructed during parts of the performance where moving cameras will block your view the stage.

Due to the nature of this performance it may be necessary for us to move you to alternative seats. Should this be the case we will give you as much notice as possible, though this may be on the day of the performance itself.
If you have any queries please contact the Box Office on 0115 941 9419

About the Show


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An Olivier award-winning cast, starring Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Wolf Hall, Three Days in the Country), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance) and Debra Gillett (Call the Midwife and Doctor Who).

“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.

Selected as a theatre highlight of 2018 by BBC News, Daily Mail and Nottingham Post.

Contains scenes that some audience members may find distressing. Find out about the trigger warnings and advisories 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
Casting Director Stuart Burt CDG
Assistant Director Jamie Armitage
Wigs Designer Richard Mawbley
Wardrobe Supervisor Poppy Hall

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NT Live: The Madness of George III - Tue 20 Nov 6:45pm Tue 20 Nov Theatre 6:45pm £32.50-£12.50

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