About the showTwenty years after the original National Theatre production, Alan Bennett’s smash hit comedy The Madness of George III opens in London’s West End for a limited run at the Apollo Theatre. Staring David Haig in the title role, this epic production transfers from a successful season at the Theatre Royal Bath in August 2011. This fictionalised biographical play concerns the latter half of King George III’s reign, which featured his battle with mental illness along with the inability of his court to understand or empathise with his position. Despite a string of accomplishments throughout his reign including advances in science, literature and music, his period of lunacy, as well as the cruel treatment he was subjected to became the focal point of his life. The play originally opened at the National Theatre in 1991, directed by Nicholas Hytner and was adapted into a famous film version, ‘The Madness of King George’ and has been a critical and commercial success ever since.
Who Should See It?The show is aimed at anyone who is a fan of good, classic drama and comedy. Alan Bennett has shot to fame in recent years with plays such as 'The History Boys' and 'The Habit of Art'. Anyone who enjoys excellent acting and the craft of a well made play will enjoy this new production.
The Madness of George III is recommended for those over the age of 12 year old. Please note that children younger then 5 years will not be admitted into the theatre.
18th Jan 2012
27th Sep 2020
31st Mar 2012
2 hours and 25 minutes including interval