Between 21 Dec - 4 Jan.
Opening 09 Dec
Runtime: 2h 40m
Those who complain that the West End is full of musicals and that Christmas is a time to stay away from the theatre in case you encounter a dame should rejoice because here’s a satisfying, knotty, meaty, and intelligent play. Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Sam Mendes—whose production of Jez Butterworth’s latest, The Hills of California, opens early next year—it stars Mark Gattis as John Gielgud, who in 1964 is directing Richard Burton (Johnny Flynn), newly married to Elizabeth Taylor (Tuppence Middleton), as Hamlet on Broadway. Things are not going well. The show is gossipy, witty, but also ultimately moving as it contemplates the act of making and experiencing theatre and how it is both thinking and feeling.
Academy Award®, Tony Award® and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy, The Ferryman) directs this startling production based on the making of Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s Hamlet on Broadway. Celebrated as ‘a love letter to theatre’ (Evening Standard), the fierce and funny new play by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) offers a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity. 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. Don’t miss original leads Johnny Flynn, Mark Gatiss and Tuppence Middleton who return to play the iconic roles of Richard Burton, John Gielgud and Elizabeth Taylor. A co-production with Neal Street Productions. Age recommendation: 12+ Content: This production contains strong language and adult themes, with some bright lighting. Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old.