NT Live – The Motive and the Cue


Thu 28 Mar 7.00pm      Book Now

Duration: 180 minutes including one interval
Age rating : Cert 15

Adults £18

Seniors £15

Under 18s £10


This electrifying brand-new play directed by Sam Mendes brings Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s
infamous Hamlet rehearsals to the big screen, with Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss.

Why would the most famous movie star in the world choose to do a play which everyone already knows? And what
lures us back to the same plays, year after year?  This fierce and funny new play by Jack Thorne offers a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity.

Filmed live during a sold-out run at the National Theatre, this production received five star reviews and the Evening Standard Best Play award 2023.

‘A love letter to theatre’ – Evening Standard

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

‘Mark Gatiss is superb as Sir John Gielgud’ – Financial Times

‘Will give you goosebumps’ – Independent

‘Immaculately directed by Sam Mendes’ – Times