By George, the King Is Mad

A British hit examining George III's lunacy begins a U.S. tour

Britain's royal family ventures out to the occasional James Bond movie or Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, but rarely has it taken as keen an interest in culture as it has in Alan Bennett's drama The Madness of George III. Based on the actual derangement of the King who lost the American colonies, the play begins an East Coast tour this week in its Royal National Theatre production. For the House of Windsor, of course, it is not merely an entertainment. As director Nicholas Hytner recalls, "The royal family saw it as a sad and moving story of a close relation." Princess...

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