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Burton and Taylor

Drama telling the story of Hollywood's most glamorous couple, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who acted together for the last time in Noel Coward's Private Lives in 1983.

When Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton met on the set of Cleopatra, the attraction was immediate. The public were enthralled by their illicit romance, two tempestuous marriages, frequent break-ups and extravagant reunions. They were the original fabulous stars, conspicuous in their consumption of clothes, houses, yachts, diamonds, and, more damagingly, alcohol.

In 1976 Richard and Elizabeth divorced for the second time. They both married other people and it seemed that the romance of the century might truly be over. Then, in 1982, they both separated and were free again. In 1983, Richard and Elizabeth had one final reunion on the stage when they spent seven months touring with Noel Coward's Private Lives. During the tour public speculation grew about the possibility of another marriage, but in private old frictions played out once again. Speculation about another reunion ended when Richard Burton married his fiancée Sally Hay halfway through the run.

This is the story of the first celebrity 'it' couple. Beyond alcohol, pills and the trappings of fame, was love the ultimate crutch that allowed them to escape the realities of their extraordinary lives? Funny, glamorous, tempestuous and dripping with diamonds, this is the last battle of the Burtons.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 8 May 2014 02:35

Credits

Role Contributor
Elizabeth TaylorHelena Bonham Carter
Richard BurtonDominic West
Kathryn WalkerSarah Hadland
John CullumWilliam Hope
Milton KatselasStanley Townsend
MikeMichael Jibson
Chen SamLenora Crichlow
ASMJess Doherty
Zev BufmanGreg Hicks
Maria BurtonIsabella Brazier-Jones
Liza Todd BurtonLucille Sharp
Sally BurtonCassie Raine
ReporterMartin T Sherman
JournalistTrevor White
JournalistJeff Mash
ProducerLachlan Mackinnon
DirectorRichard Laxton
WriterWilliam Ivory

Video interview

Dominc West and Helena Bonham Carter

Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter talk Burton and Taylor

Preview clip

Richard and Elizabeth answer journalists’ questions

Video: Richard and Elizabeth answer journalists’ questions

Preview clip

Burton and Taylor

Video: Richard arrives at Elizabeth’s birthday party

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