Full cast announced for The Motive and the Cue’s West End transfer

Casting has been confirmed for the upcoming West End transfer of The Motive and the Cue.

The National Theatre production will run at the Noël Coward Theatre from 9 December 2023 – 23 March 2024. Tickets are on sale now here

Sam Mendes directs the piece by Jack Thorne which is inspired by the making of Burton and Gielgud’s Hamlet.

Johnny Flynn, Mark Gatiss and Tuppence Middleton reprise their roles as Richard Burton, John Gielgud and Elizabeth Taylor respectively.

Joining them are Allan Corduner as Hume Cronyn, Sarah Woodward as Eileen Herlie, Rebecca Collingwood as Linda Marsh, Luke Norris as William Redfield, Laurence Ubong Williams as Hugh McHaffie, Elena Delia as Jessica Levy, Huw Parmenter as Clement Fowler, Aaron Anthony as Robert Milli, Adam Sina as Frederick Young, Ryan Ellsworth as George Voskovec, Daniel Krikler as Dillon Evans and Waiter, David Tarkenter as Alfred Drake, Kate Tydman as Christine Cooper, Mark Extance as Mick Burrows and Stephanie Siadatan as Susannah Mason

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 production has set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Jon Clark, composition by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, sound design by Paul Arditti, casting by Alastair Coomer CDG and Naomi Downham, West End director Zoé Ford Burnett and associate director Yasmin Hafesji.

Originally commissioned by Neal Street Productions and developed and co-produced with the National Theatre, The Motive and the Cue played to sold-out audiences in spring 2023. It is inspired by Letters from an Actor by William Redfield and John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard L. Sterne.

For more information, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk

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