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NT Live: The Motive and the Cue15

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 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. 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. 


Mark Gatiss • Johnny Flynn • Tuppance Middleton


Sam Mendes

Running Time

180 minutes

Book Tickets

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Public booking opens every Tuesday for the subsequent Friday to Thursday.

NT Live: The Motive and the Cue15

Mon 10 Jun
Thu 13 Jun