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The Motive and the Cue

NT Live

Sam Mendes | 2024 | 180 MINS

Sam Mendes and Jack Thorne present a landmark new play about the 1964 Broadway staging of 'Hamlet' by legendary actors Richard Burton and Sir John Gielgud.

Winner! Best New Play – Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2023.

In Detail

Following an acclaimed run a the National Theatre, 'The Motive and the Cue' transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre with its original stars Johnny Flynn ('Emma', 'Hangmen') as Richard Burton, Tuppence Middleton ('Downton Abbey') as Elizabeth Taylor, and Mark Gatiss ('Sherlock') as John Gielgud.

This fierce and funny new play offers a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity.

The play is based on the books 'John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet' by Richard Sterne, and 'Letters From an Actor' by William Redfield.

180m approx including interval

Tickets £19.50

Thu 21 Mar 19:30
Sat 23 Mar 12:15