A meditation on power, and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III (now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder). As he loses his senses, he becomes both more alive, and more politically marginalized, neither effect desirable to his Lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge. Written by
Dan Hartung <email@example.com>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
Several performers repeated their roles from the Royal National Theatre production, and/or the U.S. tour, including Nigel Hawthorne
, Julian Wadham
, Julian Rhind-Tutt
, Anthony Calf
, Matthew Lloyd Davies
, Paul Corrigan
, Roger Hammond
, and Cyril Shaps
. Three others make cameos: Iain Mitchell
(the original Sheridan), Nick Sampson
(Prince of Wales on tour), and Selina Cadell
(Queen Charlotte on tour). See more
The red dispatch box in which the Prime Minister carries papers for the monarch to sign dates from Victorian times. The first PM to use it was William Gladstone around 1860. See more
I used to sit with my father when he was ill. I used to read him Shakespeare.
I have never read Shakespeare.
[Pitt and Thurlow stare at him in shock
I am a clergyman.
Played by the bell-ringers See more