“The Madness of George III” will be presented as a National Theatre Live broadcast Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m.

The multi-award-winning drama will be broadcast live to cinemas in National Theatre Live’s first-ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (“The History Boys,” “The Lady in the Van”), the epic play was adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock,” “Wolf Hall,” NT Live “Coriolanus”) in the title role; and Adrian Scarborough (“Gavin and Stacey,” “Upstairs Downstairs,” “After the Dance”).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world … but his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the king’s mind unraveling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a king and a man.

Approximate running time is two hours 25 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets are $12, general admission. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.