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NT Live Encore: The Motive and the Cue

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Tuesday 21 May 2024



£10 / £5 EHU Graduates / Free for EHU Students


Studio Theatre, Arts Centre


The Arts Centre

Tuesday 21 May 7pm

National Theatre Live Encore: The Motive and the Cue

a new play by Jack Thorne
directed by Sam Mendes

Certificate: 15

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play.

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.

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. 

Tickets: £10 / £5 EHU Graduates / Free for EHU Students

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