The Madness of George III
From: Wednesday, 18th January 2012
To: Saturday, 31 March 2012
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Originally premiering at the National Theatre in 1991, the play went on to become an international theatrical sensation and was made into an award-winning film. Rarely performed because of its huge cast, this new production took the public and critics by storm when it opened at the Theatre Royal Bath in August 2011 and now transfers to the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited eleven week season.
In spite of a catalogue of accomplishments - he founded the Royal Academy of Arts, was a passionate advocate of science, literature and music and fathered fifteen children - George III is best remembered today for his bouts of unbridled lunacy. Subjected to the appallingly cruel medical treatment of the day and assailed by power struggles between politicians and his scheming son, George remains throughout an intensely sympathetic character - melancholy, moving, witty...and finally triumphant.
Michael Coveney - 24 January 2012
Well, it’s okay, “what what,” but Alan Bennett’s dramatic anatomy of King George’s painful business of sitting on the throne proves a tough call in the West End. The play is hard to follow and the task of matching the historical story to contemporary application elusive.
It’s still a great pleasure to sit through, though I honestly don’t think that half the people in the audience understood what was going on. This in no way detracts from the brilliance of David Haig in the title role, making of old “Farmer George” a sympathetic buffoon with a bowel condition and a canny eye on the plotting politicians.
Was it porphyria – purple urine and blocked motions – or was it sheer frustration at political shenanigans with Pitt and Fox that drove the monarch mad and monstrous like King Lear in crinkly tights and tunic?
This was the defining role, twenty years ago (and in the subsequent film), of the...
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JR - 4 July 2012:
This was an excellent production of a very moving play - the last scene of Act 1 had me very shaken. Although everyone else was good and Alan Bennett's script is a joy, David Haig is the show here....
David Haig (George III)
Beatie Edney (Queen Charlotte)
Christopher Keegan (Prince of Wales)
William Belchambers (Duke of York)
Charlotte Asprey (Lady Pembroke|)
Ed Cooper Clarke (Captain Fitzroy)
Orlando James (Captain Greville)
Beruce Khan (Papandiek)
Ryan Saunders (Fortnum)
Peter McGovern (Braun)
Simon Markey (Prince's Footman)
Gary MacKay (Prince's Valet)
Nicholas Rowe (William Pitt)
Thomas Wheatley (Lord Thurlow)
Richard Hansell (Henry Dundas)
Chris McCalphy (Sir Boothby Skrymshir)
Haseeb Malik (Ramsden Skrymshir)
Gary Oliver (Charles James Fox)
Patrick Moy (Richard Brinsley Sheridan)
Peter Pacey (Sir George Baker)
Madhav Sharma (Dr Richard Warren)
John Webb (Sir Lucas Pepys)
Clive Francis (Dr Francis Willis)
Karren Winchester (Margaret Nicholson)
Alan Bennett (Author)
Nuffield Health Hospitals (Chichester) (Corporate Sponsor)
Peter Hall Company (Company)
Christopher Luscombe (Director)
Janet Bird (Design)
Oliver Fenwick (Lighting)
Mic Pool (Sound)
Malcolm McKee (Music)
Andrew Ashenden (fight) (Director)
Alison Convey (assistant) (Director)
Sarah Bird CDG (casting) (Director)