Alan Bennett’s classic play “The Madness of George III” is set to return to a West End stage this January with David Haig taking on the titular monarch and Christopher Luscombe taking on directing duties. It will be an opportunity for London theatre audiences to witness one of Bennett’s most famous plays, which went on to appear on stages around the world after it was unveiled in 1991 and also enjoyed success on the big screen under the title “The Madness of King George”.
It is granted a brief run at the Apollo Theatre from January to March 2012.
The play tells the story of the well known British Monarch, who ruled during the 18th century and famously suffered from a deteriorated mental state. The focus is on the era surrounding the Regency Crisis in 1788 and it is during this time that the relationship with his son falls under scrutiny as well. In dealing with this well known part of British history, Bennett paints King George as entirely human, who fell victim not only to the medical practices of the time but also to the power struggles at play between the monarchy and politicians.
David Haig will be breathing life to the eponymous king in the production and he does so following his most recent West End stage appearance in “Yes, Prime Minister” at the Gielgud Theatre last year. His career has see him appear in various stage, television and film roles and he is best known for the likes of “The Thin Blue Line” alongside Rowan Atkinson, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and, more recently, “The Thick of It”. His stage credits include “The Sea” at the Haymarket Theatre, “Donkey’s Years” at the Comedy Theatre and an Olivier Award-winning performance in the Royal Court’s “Our Country’s Good” in the 1980s.
“The Madness of George III” comes to the Apollo Theatre following a successful 2011 for the venue, which saw the return of one of the most acclaimed plays in recent years in “Jerusalem”. The venue will also be welcoming “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” later in 2012, with David Suchet among the cast members.
“The Madness of George III” runs at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 23rd January 2012 (previews from Wednesday 18th January 2012) to Saturday 31st March 2012.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 18th January 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 31st March 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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