BBC Four’s drama Burton and Taylor will premiere on Monday July 22nd at 9pm, it has been announced.
A 90 minute one-off drama, Burton and Taylor is a biopic about Richard Burton and Liz Taylor which documents their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play, Private Lives. After some troubled rehearsals, the play opens and the atmosphere around the theatre is chaotic. The audience crowd outside to see Elizabeth and she is often late. Many of the reviews are bad, but the audience respond enthusiastically as they pick up on what they imagine to be the parallels with Richard and Elizabeth’s own situation. This gives the performance an extra layer of meaning that brings discomfort and anger to Richard who is left wondering if they should end the run early. The drama was written by William Ivory. BBC Drama Productions are producing the one-off in association with BBC America, which stars Dominic West as Burton and Helena Bonham Carter as Taylor. William Hope, Lenora Crichlow, Stanley Townsend, Sarah Hadland and newcomer Isabella Brazier-Jones also star.
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