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?
When Willis first restrains George III in the strapped chair, the music that plays is George Frideric Handel
's "Zadok The Priest", commissioned for George II's coronation and performed during every subsequent coronation. As the music reaches its climax, the King is fully restrained in the "throne" with a leather strap around his forehead resembling a crown. The music establishes the restraint scene as a mock coronation. See more
The King refers to a piglet as a "Tamworth", a breed name not used until around 1810. See more
By your dress, sir, and general demeanor, I'd say you were a minister of God.
Oh, that's true, Your Majesty, I was once in the service of the Church. Now I practice medicine.
Well, I'm sorry for it. You've quitted a profession I've always loved and embraced one I most heartily DETEST.
Our Savior went about healing the sick.
Yes... but He had not seven hundred pounds a year for it.
Well, that's not bad for a madman.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more