The Motive and the Cue and Nye to be released in cinemas

The Motive and the Cue poster

The National Theatre has announced the release of The Motive and the Cue and Nye in cinemas across the globe.

National Theatre Live will broadcast its 100th production since its launch in 2009 with the releases this spring.

The Motive and the Cue, directed by Sam Mendes of The Lehman Trilogy fame, stars Mark Gatiss, Johnny Flynn and Tuppence Middleton. The play, inspired by the 1964 Broadway production of Hamlet featuring Richard Burton and Sir John Gielgud, will debut in cinemas from 21 March 2024.

Written by Jack Thorne, with set design by Es Devlin, the play draws from William Redfield’s Letters from an Actor and Richard L. Sterne’s John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet. After a sold-out run at the National Theatre in summer 2023, it’s now playing at London’s West End in the Noel Coward Theatre until 23 March.

Nye, the milestone 100th National Theatre Live production, premieres on 23 April 2024. Written by Tim Price and directed by Rufus Norris, this new play features Michael Sheen as Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan. It offers a surreal exploration of the life and impact of the man instrumental in shaping Britain’s welfare state and founding the NHS.

This special broadcast will be live from the National Theatre, with NHS charities, staff, and healthcare students invited to the Southbank performance for free.

This co-production with the Wales Millennium Centre is currently staged at the Olivier theatre until 11 May, after which it will move to the Wales Millennium Centre for a limited run from 18 May to 1 June 2024.

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These productions follow the recent releases of Dear England and Vanya.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.