Music: Peter Maxwell Davies Words: Randolph Slow and George III

A monodrama by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with a libretto by Randolph Stow, based on words of George III. 


First Performance: Tuesday 26 March 2013 - Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD, Cardiff


  • King Kelvin Thomas


  • Conductor Michael Rafferty
  • Director Michael McCarthy
  • Designer Simon Banham
  • Lighting Designer Ace McCarron


“Music Theatre Wales’s staging, directed by Michael McCarthy tries nothing fancy and lets the power of Maxwell Davies’s concept speak for itself. Kelvin Thomas’s authoritative embodiment of the night-shirted King is both pathetic and disturbing, complemented by superb playing from MTW’s band, conducted by Michael Rafferty.”

The Telegraph on Eight Songs for a Mad King

“Kelvin Thomas’s performance is one of the most compelling I’ve seen. A lumbering, shambling mountain of a king, in wig and nightdress, Thomas’s portrayal of the deranged George III moves from horror to pity with a hundred nuances of human affliction in between. And his vocal virtuosity is so closely integrated with the voices of the instrumental ensemble, conducted by Michael Rafferty, that they seem a single nerve system — sentient, shattered, always in shock.”

The Times