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About The Motive and the Cue

★★★★★ - 'A brilliant new play ' - Financial Times

★★★★★ - 'A magnificent tour de force' - Broadway World

★★★★★ - 'Funny, witty and utterly compelling' - WhatsOnStage

★★★★ - 'A love letter to theatre' - Evening Standard

Sam Mendes directs Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton, Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Tuppence Middleton as Elizabeth Taylor, in this fierce and funny new play by Jack Thorne, offering a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity.

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.

The hugely celebrated production of The Motive and the Cue is now playing in the West End for 15 weeks only, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre.

Assisted performances: Audio described Performance: 7.30pm Thursday 29 February 2024 & 2pm Saturday 16 March 2024 Captioned Performance: 2pm Saturday 9 March 2024

Run time

2h 40m (incl. interval)

Start date

December 9th, 2023

End date

March 23rd, 2024

Categories

Plays, Drama, Transfer, West End, Stars on Stage

Age

12+ Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticket holder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.

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Reviews

Audiences Say
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing
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Excellent

404 reviews on Show-Score

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Critical Darling
Overrated, Intelligent
80 / 100
Anastasiia Taranina
Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing
100 / 100
OliverAyres
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Funny
96 / 100
James Tradgett
Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing, Clever
96 / 100

Important information

This production contains strong language and adult themes, with some bright lighting.

The Motive and the Cue cast and creative team

By: Jack Thorne, based on the books John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard Sterne and Letters From an Actor by William Redfield
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast list: Johnny Flynn (as Richard Burton), Tuppence Middleton (as Elizabeth Taylor), Mark Gatiss (as John Gielgud), Allan Corduner, Ryan Ellsworth, Aysha Kala, Luke Norris, Michael Walters, Laurence Ubong Williams Design: Es Devlin
Costumes: Katrina Lindsay
Lighting: Jon Clark
Sound: Paul Arditti

Venue

Noël Coward Theatre

85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4AU

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551 Car park: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
Directions from tube: (2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

Show schedule

Day of weekMorningMatinee
Monday-7:30 PM
Tuesday-7:30 PM
Wednesday-7:30 PM
Thursday2:00 PM7:30 PM
Friday-7:30 PM
Saturday2:00 PM7:30 PM
Sunday--

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