Adapted by screenwriter Alan Bennett from his play, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE recounts a remarkable episode in the life of George III, who in 1788 experienced temporary insanity as a result of a metabolic imbalance known as porphyria. Despite an Oscar-nominated performance by Nigel
Hawthorne, Bennett's theatrical triumph proves curiously flat on the screen.
England is in political turmoil: the unpopular King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) has antagonized his dissolute son, the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), while Prime Minister Pitt (Julian Wadham) is in the midst of a power struggle with Whig leader Fox (Jim Carter). Meanwhile, George's behavior