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About The Motive and the Cue

What happened in 1964 when Richard Burton, aka Mr Elizabeth Taylor, prepared to star in an avant-garde production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s direction? Find out the whole story by booking tickets to the limited West End transfer of the National Theatre hit The Motive and the Cue.

With a witty script by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), the production stars actor and musician Johnny Flynn (One Life, Emma) as Burton, Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey, War and Peace) as Taylor, and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock) as Gielgud under world-renowned, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty).

Tempers fly and generational clashes dominate the rehearsal room as these three strong-willed people navigate the tension between being an artist and a celebrity – is it possible to be both? Book tickets to this classy love letter to theatre today on Box Office.

Run time

2h 40m (incl. interval)

Start date

9th December, 2023

End date

23rd March, 2024

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Age

12+ Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticket holder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.

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550 Reviews

Critical Darling

Critical Darling

332 Reviews | 109 Followers
80
Overrated, Intelligent

See it if You want a love letter to acting and theatre.

Don’t see it if You want a story driven by action, it’s more about personalities than a story or events. It’s good, but a bit overhyped.

James Tradgett

James Tradgett

64 Reviews | 4 Followers
96
Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like straight plays jam packed with wit, allure and drama

Don’t see it if you aren’t a fan of more serious theatre, plus there are no microphones so maybe difficult to hear at the back

OliverAyres

OliverAyres

50 Reviews | 2 Followers
96
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You love theatre. This really is a masterfully crafted love letter to the art form that is driven by two exceptional lead performances.

Don’t see it if You prefer action based material. This dialogue heavy.

Ed_Fortune

Ed_Fortune

11 Reviews | 8 Followers
92
Great staging, Indulgent, Intricate, Sublime, Absorbing

See it if Theatre about theatre, and solid, near legendary performances from the leads

Don’t see it if you don't like Mark Gatiss you will hate this.

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Important information

This production contains strong language and adult themes, with some bright lighting.

The Motive and the Cue cast and creative team

By: Jack Thorne, based on the books John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard Sterne and Letters From an Actor by William Redfield
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast list: Johnny Flynn (as Richard Burton), Tuppence Middleton (as Elizabeth Taylor), Mark Gatiss (as John Gielgud), Allan Corduner, Ryan Ellsworth, Aysha Kala, Luke Norris, Michael Walters, Laurence Ubong Williams Design: Es Devlin
Costumes: Katrina Lindsay
Lighting: Jon Clark
Sound: Paul Arditti

Venue

Noël Coward Theatre

85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4AU

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551 Car park: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
Directions from tube: (2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

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