Tuesday, 18 October 2011
The Madness of King George III
Rarely have I been moved to give a standing ovation and I would have for the performance of David Haig in the lead role. I didn’t as I don’t think it is fair on the people sitting behind me. The quality of his performance was outstanding both in vocal tone, facial and body expression and mannerisms. The difference between the pain free king with his confident manner, air of command and the addition of wot wot and hey hey to the end of each sentence was in direct contrast to the tortured soul that was being bled and blistered, restrained and gagged with a whining tone, pleading body language and self-pitying tone. The acting to portray those two roles was as I have already stated outstanding and it was difficult to take your eyes of the performance.
I was also interested in the way that government interacted with royalty. The king had got to a position where the prime minister depending on whom the king was. George III favoured Pitt the Younger, his son and potential regent favoured Fox as he shared his values of partying. Without the lack of love between the two the Royal Pavilion in Brighton would not have been built.
With a lot of dramas the comedy is the element that really drives the show. At one point Mr King commenting on his painful stomach tells Mrs King (the Queen) that he will attempt a fart and when one of the footmen is sacked it is suggested he help out at a grocery store but as he comments who ever heard of Fortnum and Papendiek.