The National Theatre: The Motive and the Cue

The National Theatre: The Motive and the Cue


7:30 pm - 10:10 pm

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The National Theatre presents  The Motive and the Cue  

Sam Mendes 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.    

★★★★★ ‘A brilliant, compassionate new play’ (Financial Times) 

★★★★★ ‘Immaculately directed by Sam Mendes’ (Times)  

★★★★★ ‘Mark Gatiss gives the performance of his career’ (Telegraph)