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Nottingham Playhouse's The Madness of George III to be streamed online by National Theatre At Home

Mark Gatiss as King George III

NOTTINGHAM Playhouse has announced 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, June 11, 2020 at 7pm and available free to view on demand until June 18.

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) as Dr Willis and Debra Gillett (Call the Midwife, Doctor Who) as Queen Charlotte. 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.”

The cast is completed by Nadia Albina (as Fitzroy), Nicholas Bishop (William Pitt), Amanda Hadingue (Fox/Sir Lucas Pepys), Jack Holden (Greville), David Hounslow (Thurlow), Stephanie Jacob (Sir George Baker/Sheridan), Louise Jameson (Dr Warren), Andrew Joshi (Dundas), Adam Karim (Fortnum), Harry Kershaw (Duke of York), Billy Postlethwaite (Braun), Sara Powell (Lady Pembroke), Wilf Scolding (Prince of Wales) and Jessica Temple (Papandiek).

The production is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting design by Richard Howell, sound design by Tom Gibbons, movement direction by Lizzi Gee, fight direction by Jonathan Holby and wig design by Richard Mawbley. Voice coach is Hazel Holder and assistant director is Jamie Armitage.

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 or via text – text NOTTS 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or text NOTTS 20 to 70085 to donate £20.

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