by David Hare
Broadway's Golden Theater, beginning March 13, 2015 through June 14. Opens April 2
Broadway Website: www.skylightbwy.com
Skylight was originally produced in 1995 at The National Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway. It was that year’s recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play.
Now it returns in a production loaded with starpower and promise, featuring Bill Nighy and, making her West End debut, Carey Mulligan, as former lovers whose attempt at reconciliation is hampered by the personal and ideological differences they've gone through since they last met.
It's directed by Stephen Daldry, who recently directed the sell-out West End production of The Audience and whose award-winning stage work also includes An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliott the Musical.
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.
As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
Bill Nighy's extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
He also has an illustrious stage CV that includes numerous David Hare plays, among them A Map of the World at the NT Lyttelton, Hare and Howard Brenton's Pravda at the NT Olivier, and the original NT production of Skylight, in which Michael Gambon played Tom, at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre and on a UK tour.
Carey Mulligan’s cinematic star has risen inexorably over the last few years, with standout performances in Inside Llewyn Davies, The Great Gatsby and An Education. She will make her West End stage debut in Skylight.
They're joined in the cast by Matthew Beard, whose film work includes An Education, One Day, and The Look of Love.
June 18, 2014: Skylight review – Nighy and Mulligan in moving mixture of politics and love. The combination of private pain and public rage in this revival of David Hare's play hits you straight between the eyes. 5 out of 5 stars —The Guardian >>
One of the biggest hits in London this summer, a revival of David Hare’s drama “Skylight” starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, will transfer to Broadway and begin performances on March 16
September 3, 2014: Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy to Open ‘Skylight’ on Broadway —Variety >>
London hit “Skylight” will get a Broadway transfer this spring, with stars Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy reprising their roles in Stephen Daldry’s staging of the 1995 play by David Hare.
October 20, 2014: Bill Nighy and David Hare: Five notable collaborations —LA Times >>
Few British theater partnerships have been as fruitful as the relationship between playwright David Hare and actor Bill Nighy. Like De Niro and Scorsese, Clooney and Soderbergh, they not only seem to understand each other on a molecular level but also seem to channel each other's creative vibes with an apparent effortlessness.