The Madness of King George – Pocklington Arts Centre

Multi-award winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to PAC, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its stage premiere in 1991.

The cast of this new production, which will be broadcast live and direct to PAC at 7pm, on Tuesday 20 November, includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs).

It is 1788, King George III is the most powerful man in the world. However, his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.
With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a king and a man.

PAC Director Janet Farmer, said: “It is always a pleasure to be able to screen live theatre broadcasts, with the wonders of cinematic technology today enabling audiences to access live theatre like never before. We pride ourselves on being accessible to all and National Theatre Live play an important role in that. We have a busy cinema and live broadcasts programme all year round. The Madness of George III is the penultimate live broadcast of the autumn season, but we have plenty more to come including The King and I live from the London Palladium on Thursday 29 November.”

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