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The Madness of George III

Alan Bennett

The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett – later adapted into the Oscar-winning film The Madness of King George – is an exploration of the court of a mad king, and the fearful treatments he was forced to undergo.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571167494
Date Published
10.02.1992
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Summary

George III’s behaviour has often been odd, but now he is deranged, with rumours circulating that he has even addressed an oak tree as the King of Prussia. Doctors are brought in, the government wavers and the Prince Regent manoeuvres himself into power.

Alan Bennett’s play explores the court of a mad king, and the fearful treatments he was forced to undergo. It is about the nature of kingship itself, showing how by subtle degrees the ruler’s delirium erodes his authority and status.

The Madness of George III premiered at the National Theatre, London, in November 1991.

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Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van (together with the screenplay), A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and…

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