The Madness of George III Panel Discussion

Saturday 17 November, following the 2:30pm matinee of The Madness of George III (5pm)

Theatre - Panel Discussion: Free. Matinee performance tickets: £37.50 - £8.50


How was mental illness understood in the time of King George III? What has changed in attitudes towards mental health and how it is treated since the time of the play? What remains the same and what still needs to change?

Join us in this panel discussion led by Lord Victor Adebowale, including the director of The Madness of George III, Adam Penford, and panellists including professionals and people with lived experience of mental health issues from the following organisations:

Turning Point – a social enterprise delivering a number of mental health services locally
Nottingham Healthcare Trust (Involvement Centre and CAMHS)
Nottingham Time to Change

Following the panel discussion Nottingham Playhouse will be signing a pledge to become a Time To Change employer, and we invite other organisations to join us in pledging to end mental health discrimination. At this event you can find out what Time to Change is and how your organisation or place of work can get involved.

About the Show

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, Cranford 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.

The Madness of George III is proudly sponsored by

Dates & Times

The Madness of George III Panel Discussion - Sat 17 Nov 5:00pm Sat 17 Nov Theatre 5:00pm Free Panel Discussion

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