‘Just write it, I’ll make it work’: King George III through the eyes of Alan Bennett & Nicholas Hytner
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‘Just write it, I’ll make it work’: King George III through the eyes of Alan Bennett & Nicholas Hytner

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'Just write it, I'll make it work': King George III through the eyes of Alan Bennett & Nicholas Hytner

King’s College London is working in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust as the Georgian Papers Programme to digitise and make publicly available some 350,000 papers that make up the King George III archives. With only 15% of the archives having been accessed before, they contain a wealth of material that has not yet been the focus of academic study and offer the prospect of revised interpretations of many aspects of 18th and early 19th century political, social, and economic history, both of Britain and the early United States.

We are very excited to be able to explore King George III through the eyes of Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner, in a talk chaired by Professor Alan Read. Their collaboration as playwright and director started 25 years ago with Bennett’s adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for the National Theatre, and was quickly followed by The Madness of King George III, which was their first stage to film production.

Join us as they discuss researching archives to write The Madness of King George III, the challenges of translating an acclaimed stage show to a multiaward winning film, and how they see George III. ‘Just write it, I’ll make it work’, said Hytner to Bennett. Here, we explore their mutually inspired confidence and remarkable collaboration.


The talk will be followed by a screening of The Madness of King George.

Talk
19.00-20.00 Monday 10 October 2016
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

Film Screening
20.00-22.00 Monday 10 October 2016
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus


Biographies:

ALAN BENNETT has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscarnominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for Best New Play and the South Bank Award. On Broadway, The History Boys won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics’ Award, a New York Drama League Award and six Tonys. The Habit of Art opened at the National in 2009; in 2012, People, as well as the two short plays Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, were also staged there. His collection of prose Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.

NICHOLAS HYTNER FKC was the Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015, where he directed Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Timon of Athens, Othello and new plays by Alan Bennett, Richard Bean, David Hare and John Hodge. His films include The Madness of King George, The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. His new theatre will open in September 2017 on the river, opposite the Tower of London.

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