The National Theatre is bringing The Madness Of George III to its YouTube channel for free, with Mark Gatiss in the lead role.

A weekly programme from the National Theatre has seen it bringing to its YouTube channel full filmed productions of a variety of plays. These are productions that were previously being beamed to cinemas, and since the lockdown began, we’ve been able to get access to one a week for free courtesy of the National Theatre At Home programme.

This week’s play looks really something, too, with Mark Gatiss taking on the lead role in The Madness Of George III. Written by Alan Bennett and directed by Adam Penford, the play also includes Adrian Scarborough, Debra Gillett and Sara Powell in its cast.

It goes live on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel from 7pm tonight, and you can find the video embed below these words. Click through on that if you want to go direct to YouTube to watch the performance.

The synopsis reads as follows…

1788. King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But with his mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and a scheming prince threaten to undermine the power of the crown.

And the production runs for two hours and ten minutes, with a 12A rating. You have until next Thursday to watch it, when a new show will come along…

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