James Gillray-inspired artwork by Mark Gatiss on sale for arts charity

Critically acclaimed actor, author, producer and director; Mark Gatiss who has been receiving glowing praise for his performance in The Madness of George III has created a unique James Gillray-inspired satirical drawing to be sold at auction.

‘Royal Rumpus’ is a self-portrait of the actor as King George III, flanked by cartoon-style images of his fellow cast members: Adrian Scarborough as Dr Willis and Debra Gillett as Queen Charlotte.

The unique ink and water colour artwork officially goes on online auction today (16 November) with all proceeds from the sale being donated to Nottingham Playhouse 70th Anniversary Fund.

Also on sale in support of the East Midlands charity is a Tennessee Williams signed ‘Vieux Carre’ flyer from the European premiere at Nottingham Playhouse, May 1978.

Gifted to Nottingham Playhouse by Deputy Lord Lieutenant and theatre patron Tom Huggon, Tennessee Williams signed this flyer at the press conference before the show held at nearby hotel then called the Albany now the Britannia.

Both items will be available for public viewing on Monday 19 November at John Pye Auctions’ Marchington site, Uttoxeter and bids can be made online via John Pye Auctions from the evening of Friday 16 November until midday on Friday 23 November.

Nottingham Playhouse Gala

In addition to the online auction Nottingham Playhouse is hosting an exclusive charity Gala performance of the critically acclaimed The Madness of George III, which will include a live auction hosted by Mark Gatiss.

The Nottingham Playhouse 70th Anniversary Fund marks the platinum anniversary of the theatre company – as a charity, the theatre looks to raise £25,000 for the fund to continue its work within the community, including its 50:50 ticket scheme, youth theatre SHINE appeal and artist development programme, Amplify.

Nottingham Playhouse Gala live auction prizes include:

  • Afternoon tea with Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough at Hart’s in Nottingham
  • A walk-on role in this year’s Nottingham Playhouse pantomime including four tickets to watch
  • Nottinghamshire County Cricket team signed cricket bat and shirt
  • Original and authenticated ‘Dead Funny’ programme from 1994, signed by Zoë Wanamaker and cast
  • Nottingham City Transport Double Decker driving experience for 4
  • Signed Sat Bains book, ‘Too many Chiefs only one Indian’

Tickets for the Gala are priced at £70 per ticket and can be purchased at Nottingham Playhouse Box Office, in person or over the phone. Group and corporate discounts are available. Playhouse Pass holders can also buy individual tickets in varying prices with 15% off.

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