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Streaming for Free: Mark Gatiss in The Madness of George III

The National Theatre at Home project continues with Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III, with the lead role played by Doctor Who actor and writer, Mark Gatiss.

National Theatre at Home sees theatrical productions streaming for free on YouTube, as a result of the lockdown imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Theatres are particularly suffering right now, so these repeats are in an effort to bring joy to those stuck indoors while reminding them about the importance of live productions. You can help the National Theatre by donating:

  • Text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10
  • Text NTATHOME 20 to 70085 to donate £20

Here’s the synopsis for The Madness of George III:

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But 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.

Gatiss has written for on-screen Who since 2005’s The Unquiet Dead, and although his latest episode was 2017’s Empress of Mars, his credits for the show are extensive, also including Cold War, The Crimson Horror, and Sleep No More. He’s also acted in the programme, with roles in, for instance, The Lazarus Experiment, The Wedding of River Song, and Twice Upon A Time.

The play also stars Adrian Scarborough, who played Kahler-Jex in A Town Called Mercy.

Watch The Madness of George III from 7pm (BST) on Thursday 11th June on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, then on demand for one week until 7pm (BST) on Thursday 18th June, but you’ll need to start watching by 4.45pm (BST) on 18th to see it all.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Streaming for Free: Mark Gatiss in The Madness of George III

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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