By Ge­orge, Gatiss gets the crown

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MARK GATISS will play the monarch who lost the colony known as Amer­ica.

The ac­tor, who cowrote and ap­peared in tele­vi­sion’s Sher­lock, has agreed to lead The Mad­ness Of Ge­orge III — Alan Ben­nett’s study of mad­ness and 18th­cen­tury pomp and cir­cum­stance — into the Not­ting­ham Play­house as the last pro­duc­tion of Adam Pen­ford’s first sea­son as artis­tic di­rec­tor there. It will run from Novem­ber 2, 2018.

Pen­ford said he’d al­ways wanted to di­rect the play, but ‘only if I could find the right king’. Gatiss came straight to mind when he was con­sid­er­ing can­di­dates. And luck­ily, ‘it turned out to be a role he’d cov­eted’, the di­rec­tor told me.

Pen­ford said there are ‘no cur­rent plans’ to take Ge­orge III be­yond Not­ting­ham — although that com­bi­na­tion of play and star could earn it a spot in the West End for a sea­son, or two.

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