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Archive listings for The Motive and the Cue (2023)

Work type: Play.

T1282331105

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. Sam Mendes directs a startling new play on the making of Burton and Gielgud's Hamlet.Producer National Theatre. Producer Neal Street Productions. Director Sam Mendes. Design Es Devlin. Costume Katrina Lindsay. Lighting Jon Clark. Music Benjamin Kwasi Burrell. Sound Paul Arditti. Design Luke Halls (video). Director Alastair Coomer (CDG - casting). Director Naomi Downham (casting). Director Zoe Ford Burnett (associate director). Director Yasmin Hafesji (staff director). Performer Johnny Flynn (Richard Burton - Hamlet). Performer Mark Gatiss (Sir John Gielgud - Director and Ghost). Performer Tuppence Middleton (Elizabeth Taylor - a world apart). Performer Allan Corduner (Hume Cronyn). Performer Sarah Woodward (Eileen Herlie). Performer Rebecca Collingwood (Linda Marsh). Performer Luke Norris (William Redfield). Performer Laurence Ubong Williams (Hugh McHaffie). Performer Elena Delia (Jessica Levy). Performer Huw Parmenter (Clement Fowler). Performer Aaron Anthony (Robert Milli). Performer Adam Sina (Frederick Young). Performer Ryan Ellsworth (George Voskovec). Performer Daniel Krikler (Dillon Evans / Waiter). Performer David Tarkenter (Alfred Drake). Performer Kate Tydman (Christine Cooper). Performer Mark Extance (Mick Burrows). Performer Stephanie Siadatan (Susannah Mason).
9 Dec 23 to 23 Mar 24Noel Coward Theatre, West End :: V380
listing details L0157014688

T0212689509

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. Sam Mendes directs a startling new play on the making of Burton and Gielgud's Hamlet.Producer National Theatre. Producer Neal Street Productions. Director Sam Mendes. Design Es Devlin. Costume Katrina Lindsay. Lighting Jon Clark. Music Benjamin Kwasi Burrell. Sound Paul Arditti. Design Luke Halls (video). Director Alastair Coomer (CDG - casting). Director Naomi Downham (casting). Director Zoe Ford Burnett (associate director). Director Yasmin Hafesji (staff director). Performer Allan Corduner (Hume Cronyn). Performer Ryan Ellsworth (George Voskovec). Performer Johnny Flynn (Richard Burton). Performer Mark Gatiss (Sir John Gielgud). Performer Aysha Kala (Jessica Levy). Performer Tuppence Middleton (Elizabeth Taylor). Performer Luke Norris (William Redfield). Performer Michael Walters (Robert Milli / Understudy William Redfield). Performer Laurence Ubong Williams (Hugh McHaffie).
20 Apr 23 to 15 Jul 23Lyttelton (National Theatre), West End :: V374
listing details L0276555547

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The Motive and the Cue archiveWhy 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? Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new 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.

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Author: Jack Thorne

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