NT Live Encore: The Motive and the Cue


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NT Live Encore Screening

The Motive and the Cue

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.

Please note this is a screening, not a live performance.

25 and Under? Click here to find out more about £10 tickets on the day.

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A brilliant, compassionate new play

Financial Times

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Immaculately directed by Sam Mendes


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Mark Gatiss gives the performance of his career


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Smooth and sophisticated


Tickets from £17.50*

*Ticket price includes a contribution to the theatre development fund which pays for the restoration and upkeep of our theatres. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you require postage for your tickets.



Friends 20% off
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Concessions £2.50

25 & Under £10 tickets available to book online on the day of the performance, subject to availability. Find out more about how to sign up

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