Tuesday 27 September 2011
Everyman, Cheltenham

The Madness of George III

George III's behaviour had always been odd. When rumours abound that he has addressed an oak tree as the King of Prussia, a collection of doctors is called in. The King is subjected to the appalling medical treatment of the day, bound and gagged and strapped into a chair for hours, his bodily functions subjected to the most intense scrutiny. A power struggle ensues between the opposition party, the Whigs, the Prince of Wales, and Pitt the Prime Minister, only resolved when the King regains his wits and his authority. Throughout his distressing ordeal, the king remains both a fascinating and profoundly moving figure. This epic production has a huge cast and combines drama, politics and humour into a vivid theatrical portrait of English history seen through the eyes of master dramatist Alan Bennett.

The Madness of George III

The excellent actor David Haig, recently seen in the wonderful West End production of Yes Prime Minister is elevated to the role of king in this production.

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