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?
, a stage and TV actor, had little cinema experience. He was so determined to reprise his award-winning stage role on screen that he took part of Dr. Raymond Cocteau in Demolition Man
(1993) to prove that he had screen presence. It was unnecessary; Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead. Alan Bennett
only agreed to his play being turned into a film if Hawthorne was cast as George III. 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
[after his recovery, on seeing his medical bill
Is it any wonder a man goes mad?
Referenced in Borderlands
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more