Award-winning play on tour

PUBLISHED: 13:46 23 November 2010


Actors Simon Ward and Susan Penhaligon are performing at the Exeter Northcott, in a critically acclaimed new production of Alan Bennet’s The Madness of George III.

This is the first national tour of the play since it was first staged 20 years ago and is produced by the same company behind Vincent in Brixton, which visited Exeter Northcott in April of last year.

The year is 1786. George III is King of England. He has a loving wife; a nation of subjects, a loyal parliament, and the world kneels at his feet, but all is not as it seems.

When the King’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and rumours circulate that he has addressed an oak tree as the King of Prussia, doctors are called in, Parliament falters, and The Prince Regent manoeuvres himself into power.

From the hand of national treasure Alan Bennett, this is a brilliant exploration of duty and kingship.

The Madness of George III runs until Saturday, November 27, with performances at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from the Exeter Northcott Box Office on 01392 493493.

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