The Madness of George III | Theatre Royal
Mon 12 Sep - Sat 17 Sep
Prices: £9 - £30
Starring David Haig as King George III and Clive Francis as Doctor Willis
Directed by Christopher Luscombe
A major new production of Alan Bennett's classic royal drama
The Madness of George III originally premiered at the National Theatre in 1991 and went on to become an international theatrical sensation and an award-winning film.
King George III studied science and founded the Royal Academy of Arts but he is best remembered today for his bouts of unbridled lunacy when it seemed that the future of the monarchy was at stake. A collection of doctors is called in to undertake a range of appalling treatments and whilst distracted, a dramatic political power struggle ensues.
David Haig plays King George. One of the UK’s most versatile actors, his numerous stage credits include the recent West End hit Yes, Prime Minister and he won an Olivier Award for My Country’s Good. Other screen credits include The Thick of It, The Thin Blue Line and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
He is joined by Clive Francis as Doctor Willis. As well as an illustrious career on the stage, including two seasons at the RSC, Francis’ numerous television appearances include David Copperfield, Yes, Prime Minster and The Queen. He was last at the Theatre Royal in Autumn starring in the political thriller and West End hit Enron.
Leading a large and talented cast, this is an epic production which combines drama, politics and humour into a vivid theatrical portrait of English history.
Please note: Parental Guidance
Did you know?
George III granted the original Theatre Royal its Royal Licence back in 1787 - so this is the perfect show to open our newly restored auditorium. Be one of the first to see it - book now!
WATERSTONES SPECIAL OFFER
All ticket holders for The Madness of George III are entitled to 10% off all Alan Bennett books in their Newcastle Blackett Street shop during the run of the show, valid on production of a valid ticket and subject to management discretion.
Pre-theatre meal deal, 5.30/6pm
2 courses for £12.50 (£10 for Friends)
(Groups: £1 off per person for pre booked groups of 10; £1.50 off pp for 20+)
Menus change on a weekly basis:
George III Menu
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Get 15% off a pre or post show drink in the stalls bar with your ticket.
15% off coffee pre/post show and interval with your ticket.
Running time: 2hrs 25 mins
Please note that all ticket prices include a contribution to our heritage fund.
Combines humour with deeply affecting compassionDaily Telegraph
***** Insanely good. David Haig is magnificent as Alan Bennett’s troubled George III. …. A powerful castSunday Telegraph
**** David Haig is superb as George III … Haig is one of British theatre’s unsung gloriesSunday Times
The central performance by David Haig is devastatingThe Times
Fantastically thought-provoking. This is a play about insanity that deserves rave reviewsCotswold Life
Actor David Haig gives a towering performance as George IIIBath Chronicle
10/10 Sir Peter Hall has been brightening Bath summers for eight seasons with outstanding presentations but nothing has surpassed this superb production which brought an enraptured audience to its feet ...deserved every ounce of its spontaneous acclamation …… Bristol Evening Post
David Haig’s irrepressible King…..it would be a hard heart that was not moved The Independent