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The Motive and the Cue
The Motive and the Cue

Tue, 30 Jan


Noël Coward Theatre

The Motive and the Cue

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30 Jan 2024, 19:30

Noël Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AP, UK

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

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.

The hugely celebrated production of The Motive and the Cue transfers to the West End this December for 15 weeks only, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre.

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