Nottingham Playhouse has had to add extra dates to its run of Alan Bennett’s multi award-winning drama, The Madness of George III, which stars Mark Gatiss and, announced today, Adrian Scarborough, due to massive public demand for tickets.
A special Gala performance s being held on November 22 marking the 70th anniversary of Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company.
The theatre aims to celebrate the milestone by raising £20,000 on the night to support its access and community work and its artist development programme.
A real highlight of the theatre’s 2018 programme Olivier Award winner Adrian Scarborough will join the Gatiss, The League of Gentleman and Sherlock writer and actor, as Dr Willis.
Scarborough, who is also appears with Gatiss in the recently released Disney film, Christopher Robin, is best known for his involvement in hit TV sitcom Gavin and Stacey.
His other credits include an appearance in the Oscar winning film The King’s Speech, as well as his National Theatre performances in King Lear, and After the Dance.
He is also well-versed with The Madness of George III production, after appearing as Fortnum in the 1994 film version.
Director Adam Penford said: “Adrian Scarborough and I have been looking for a project to work on together for a long time.
“He and Mark Gatiss are two of the UK’s leading theatre actors; their combined talents on stage in this modern classic will be theatrical dynamite. Nottingham’s in for a real treat.
“The play is dramatic, moving and funny and focuses on power and identity, examining the fine line between a king and a man.”
Set in 1786, 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; and his mind unravels at a dramatic pace.
As the Queen and Prime Minister attempt to hide the king’s illness from his subjects, royal doctors hopelessly squabble over the correct cure, subjecting him to torturous medical treatments.
Ambitious politicians and the scheming prince begin a power struggle, endangering the stability of the crown.
The Madness of George III runs from November 2 until November 24.