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.
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Several performers repeated their roles from the Royal National Theatre production and/or the US 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
A globe shows post-1846-but-before-1848 United States boundaries, including the Louisiana Purchase and Oregon Territory, but with California and Nevada (among other territories) still Mexican. See more
[after his recovery, on seeing his medical bill
Is it any wonder a man goes mad?
Referenced in Striking Range
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more