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
During all of the live musical performances (most notably during the George Frideric Handel
Water Music performance that the King attends) the instruments are tuned to the modern tuning of A=440Hz instead of the lower pitched A=415Hz that 18th century instruments were tuned to. See more
[to William Pitt
You'll have to speak up, I don't see very well.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more