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The Motive and the Cue transfers to the West End

Updated: Dec 16, 2023


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.



Groups (10+)

Band A & B for £50, valid for Monday to Thursday performances.


Schools (10+)

Band C seats for £25, plus 1 free teacher per 10 paying students. Valid for Monday - Thursday performances.






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