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National Theatre Live: The Motive and the Cue

Thursday 23rd May 2024 at 7:00pm

Event Details

National Theatre Live: The Motive and the Cue
Date
Thursday 23rd May 2024
Time
7:00pm
Price
£12 Adult / £10 Concession
Rating
Certificate 15

Sam Mendes directs a startling new play on the making of Burton and Gielgud’s Hamlet.

Why would the most famous movie star in the world choose to do a play which everyone already knows? And what lures us back to the same plays, year after year?

Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel.

This fierce and funny new play by Jack Thorne offers a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity. Sam Mendes directs Johnny Flynn as Burton, Mark Gatiss as Gielgud and Tuppence Middleton as Taylor.

The Motive and the Cue is inspired by Letters from an Actor by William Redfield and John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard L. Stern.

This encore screening was filmed live during a sold-out run at the National Theatre. Find out more at NTLive.com.

Enjoy a drink before the show and during the intermission, available along with other refreshments from our foyer kiosk.