Colonel John McMahon

Nick Stafford

Howard Davies

National Theatre, Lyttelton Stage

Additional Cast:
Caroline Harker, Zoë Wanamaker, Hugh Ross, Simon Russell Beale, Gemma Jones, Suzanne Burden, Matthew MacFadyen

Completed play. Previews began 2 December 1999, opened 9 December 1999, closed 8 April 2000


"Battle Royal"

By Staff/ Whats On Stage

If you think Princess Diana had it bad, spare a thought for Princess Caroline. This German lass was married off to heir to the throne George IV back in 1794. But her Prince of Wales wasn't only in love with another woman, he was married to her...

Press and Reviews

"Wanamaker Stars in NT's Battle Royal"

By Staff/ Whats On Stage

The team for the world premiere of Nick Stafford's new play, Battle Royal, at the National in December includes not one, not two, but three recent Laurence Olivier Award winners - director Howard Davies, star Zoe Wanamaker and supporting actorBrendan Coyle. The production opens in the NT's Lyttelton Theatre on 9 December, following previews from 2 December...

Set between 1795 and 1821 against a backdrop of war and revolution, Battle Royal charts the troubled marriage of George, the Prince Regent, and Caroline of Brunswick, a fiery German princess.

Having married Caroline as part of a desperate deal to clear his debts, the Prince quickly shuns his bride in favour of his mistress, Maria Fitzherbert.  As the Princess's poor treatment at the hands of her unpopular husband wins public sympathy, Caroline revels in her newfound role as political agitator.

  • This production was the play's world premiere