National Theatre Live: The Motive and the Cue

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Two white middle aged actors wearing suits standing back to back photographed in black and white

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LU Arts
01509 222948

Mark Gatiss and Johnny Flynn star as John Gielgud and Richard Burton in their infamous Hamlet rehearsal period in the 1960s.

The Motive and the Cue

A new play by Jack Thorne
Directed by Sam Mendes

Certificate 15

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play.

1964: Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new Broadway 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.

Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and designed by Es Devlin (The Crucible), the Evening Standard award-winning best new play was filmed live during a sold-out run at the National Theatre.

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