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Australian Arts

What a strange thing

23 March 2024

9:00 AM

23 March 2024

9:00 AM

It sounds irresistible, doesn’t it? A National Theatre Live version of a play by Jack Thorne (the magician who conjured up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and that re-animation of A Christmas Carol) about the 1964 Broadway production of Hamlet starring Richard Burton with Sir John Gielgud directing. The Motive and the Cue has Johnny Flynn in a brown wig discernibly imitating the lustrous Burton voice with its Welsh underlay and its burnished metallic precision and Mark Gatiss as the languid old eagle, balding and forever bitching, who was more or less universally accepted – by everyone who didn’t...

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