Alan Bennett: The Madness of King George III opens at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal

ACCLAIMED actor David Haig is set to play the title role in Alan Bennett’s play The Madness of King George III which opens at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on Monday as part of a UK-wide tour.

The show, which runs until 8th October, originally premiered at the National Theatre in 1991 and went on to become an international theatrical sensation and an award-winning film.

With a cast of 21, it combines drama, politics and humour into a vivid theatrical portrait of English history.

David’s stage credits include the recent West End hit Yes, Prime Minister, a host of West End and Broadway productions include Donkey’s Years and Art and he won an Olivier Award for My Country’s Good.

Screen credits include The Thick of It, Mo, My Boy Jack, The Thin Blue Line and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Joining him is Clive Francis, an acclaimed actor and writer, most recently seen in the hit production Enron. They are joined by a cast of 19, including Beattie Edney and Madhav Sharma.

Director Christopher Luscombe said: “I’m lucky to have directed several of Bennett’s plays – this will be my fifth – but this is undoubtedly the biggest play I’ve ever done – a real epic.

“We’ve got a cast of 21, and the action takes in several royal palaces, Windsor Castle and St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s rare to work on a text that’s wildly funny and heartbreaking all at once and I’m fortunate to have a leading man, David Haig, who is one of our most versatile and skilful actors. He’s going to be amazing in the title role.”