The Motive and the Cue Tickets London

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, London

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Oscar winner Sam Mendes directs a hot new play

Sam Mendes and Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) present The Motive and the Cue – a landmark new play about the 1964 Broadway staging of Hamlet by legendary actors Richard Burton and Sir John Gielgud.

The Motive and the Cue will open in Spring 2023 on the Lyttelton stage at the National Theatre in London.

What is The Motive and the Cue about?

The Motive and the Cue explores how legendary acting figures Richard Burton and John Gielgud put Hamlet on Broadway in 1964, with a little help from Elizabeth Taylor. Further details to be announced.

Who is in the cast of The Motive and the Cue?

Casting for The Motive and the Cue to be announced.

Creative team

Directed by Sam Mendes with set design by Es Devlin, costume by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti and music composed by Kwasi Burrell. Inspired by Richard Sterne’s John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet and William Redfield’s Letters From an Actor; written by Jack Thorne.

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Venue Information

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1
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