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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
The movie "The Madness of King George" is based on a play by Alan Bennett
called "The Madness of George III". An urban legend formed that the title was changed to prevent non-British audiences from mistaking it for a sequel to two other movies about "The Madness of George." Nicholas Hytner
clarified that in the UK it would be obvious that "George III" was a king, but elsewhere this might not be so clear, hence the name change. (This does not rule out the sequel theory, as the numeral III was not mentioned by Hytner.) See more
Pitt and Thurlow go to visit the King at Kew during the winter - but the leafy green trees outside clearly indicate that the scene was filmed in summer (shooting took place from July to early September). See more
You see that the King did not write his own speech, Mr. Pitt.
The King will do as he's told, Mr. Fox.
Then why not be rid of him? If a few ramshackle colonists in America can send him packing, why can't we?
Music by George Frideric Handel
Heard at the concert the king attends See more