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Evening Standard Award-Winning Best New Play Broadcast Live at the Torch

The Motive and the Cue, captured live from the National Theatre in London, releases in cinemas across the world this month, and will be broadcast live at the Torch Theatre on Tuesday 26 March. Big names appear in this line-up of Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Johnny Flynn (Emma) as they feature in this fierce and funny new play which brings Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s infamous Hamlet rehearsals to the big screen.

It's 1964 in New York and 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.

Described by the Financial Times as “A brilliant, compassionate new play” and as “smooth and sophisticated” by WhatsOnStage, The Motive and the Cue has been rated 15.

The Motive and the Cue will be shown at the Torch Theatre on Tuesday 26 March at 7.15pm. Ticket prices: £15.00 | £13.00 Concessions | £8.50 Under 26. For tickets phone the Box Office on 01646 695267 or click here.


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