NT Live: The Motive and the Cue

JUNE 8, 2PM

a new play by Jack Thorne
directed by Sam Mendes

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), the Evening Standard award-winning best new play was filmed live during a sold-out run at the National Theatre.

[THIS IS A SCREENING OF A FILMED THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE.]


The best of British theatre.

On a cinema screen near you.

National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre to cinema screens all over the UK and beyond, from Tokyo to San Francisco.

With state-of-the-art filming techniques, tailored to every play, we bring you each performance as it happens, in all its glory. From close-ups that capture every flicker of emotion, to sweeping wide shots of the stage.

Whether you come along to the live broadcast, or catch one of many replays, you’ll have the best seats in the house.

And you’ll be part of something much bigger. There’ll be thousands of others all around the world watching along with you. Sharing every gasp, every laugh, every dramatic moment.

‘A love letter to theatre’
Evening Standard

‘Will give you goosebumps’
Independent

‘Immaculately directed by Sam Mendes’
Times

‘A witty, deft, touching evocation of a fascinating, fraught encounter’
Telegraph

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