The Madness of King George

I’ve only just caught up with Alan Bennett’s The Madness of King George (Nicholas Hytner, 1994) which I’ve wanted to see for a long time, as a great admirer of Nigel Hawthorne’s work. He is wonderful in it. Everyone else seems pretty relaxed, playing it mostly for comedy, especially the King’s sons, Rupert Everett and Julian Rhind-Tutt: actors with such names could hardly fail at playing upper-class twits. Ian Holm alone brings hobbity intensity to his role: it’s a pity he’ll be remembered by many more people for Jackson’s films than for this one (tho I’ll always think of him first as Ash in Ridley Scott’s Alien, 1979).

The Madness of King George (Nicholas Hytner, 1994)

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