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Two men on stage – one younger man sitting, the other standing with a cup of tea.

NT Live: The Motive and the Cue (pre-recorded)

Duration: 3h approx, including interval
Dates: Thu 21 Mar 2024 00:00 - 19:00

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), this award-winning play was filmed live during a sold-out run at the National Theatre.