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National Theatre at Home Streams The Madness of George III for Free via YouTube June 11 – 18

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • June 10, 2020

The National Theatre in the UK has created National Theatre at Home, a free streaming service that provides access to content online to serve audiences in their homes. Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube. Coming up on June 11 through June 18, it will stream its production of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III. Directed by Adam Penford, it will start streaming at 7:00 p.m. BST / 2:00 p.m. EDT on June 4th, it runs 2 hours 10 mins with a very short interval. Here’s a link to an introduction and some behind the scenes interviews as they prepare for The Madness of George III:


This video from the National Theatre is an introduction to Alan Bennett’s royally theatrical modern classic, The Madness of George III, from Alan Bennett himself, Adam Penford (director), Mark Gatiss (King George), Debra Gillett (Queen Charlotte), Sara Powell (Lady Pembroke) and Arthur Burns (historian). Delve behind the scenes at Nottingham Playhouse, go inside the rehearsals, and see the scenic painting department. Mark Gatiss visited The Royal Library to hear about the true stories behind Nottingham’s theatre production from historian Arthur Burns.

National Theatre at Home: The Madness of George III
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. The Madness of George III, by Alan Bennett, is streaming from 7pm BST (UK) / 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 11 until 7pm UK BST on Thursday, June 18 2020.

The Creative Team for The Madness of George III includes: Director Adam Penford; Designer Robert Jones; Lighting Designer Richard Howell; Sound Designer Tom Gibbons; Composer, Michael Bruce; Movement Director, Lizzi Gee; and Fight Director Jonathan Holby; Wigs Designer Richard Mawbley; and Wardrobe Supervisor Poppy Hall.


The National Theatre—like theatres around the world—is facing a devastating impact from Coronavirus. They launched National Theatre at Home free of charge. Should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, there is a public appeal on our home page:

“Our ambition at the National Theatre is to create work, which is challenging, entertaining, and inspiring and we’re committed to continuing that through these difficult times,” Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive said. “I’m thrilled that we’re able to fulfil this ambition in a different way through our collaboration with YouTube. I am exceptionally proud of the team at the National Theatre for working so hard to create National Theatre at Home and also to the rights holders who have been so supportive of this new initiative allowing us to bring theatre to households right across the world. We have delved into the National Theatre Live archive and curated a program that’s varied from comedy to new dramas to classics so there is something for everyone to enjoy from their own homes. We will be streaming each production at the same time each week in order to recreate, where possible, the communal viewing experience and we hope this will be an opportunity for people to share their enjoyment together online.”

Christina Matteotti, Head of Music and Culture Partnerships, EMEA said, “During this incredibly difficult time, we are so glad that institutions like the National Theatre are using the platform to share treasured cultural content with the UK and global communities who are facing self-isolation. Technology can bring the cultural and creative world inside your home. We look forward to seeing how National Theatre at Home on YouTube delights the community and provides a chance to continue to learn.”

Further information from the National Theatre:


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