The Motive and the Cue (London, Noël Coward Theatre (formerly Albery), 2023) | Playbill

The Motive and the Cue



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? 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.

Directed by Sam Mendes
Scenic Design by Es Devlin
Costume Design by Katrina Lindsay
Lighting Design by Jon Clark
Music by Benjamic Kwasi Burrell
Sound Design by Paul Arditti
Video Design by Luke Halls

Cast Includes Johnny Flynn, Mark Gatiss, Tuppence Middleton, Allan Corduner, Sarah Woodward, Rebecca Collingwood, Luke Norris, Laurence Ubong Williams, Elena Delia, Huw Parmenter, Aaron Anthony, Adam Sina, Ryan Ellsworth, Daniel Krikler, David Tarkenter, Kate Tydman, Mark Extance, Stephanie Siadatan


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