Skylight

Play by David Hare. A son attempts to reconcile his father's relationship with a woman in her thirties.

Original West End London Production 1995 with Michael Gambon and Lia Williams

1st West End London Revival 1997 with Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet

2nd West End London Revival 2014 with Bill Nighy Carey Mulligan

David Hare's West End plays include The Moderate Soprano; The Breath of Life; Via Dolorosa; The Blue Room; Judas Kiss; Amy's View; Secret Rapture; and Plenty.


Original West End London Production 1995

Previewed 27 April 1995, Opened 4 May 1995, Closed 25 November 1995 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre)
Previewed 13 February 1996, Opened 20 February 1996, Closed 27 April 1996 at the Wyndham's Theatre

The cast at London's Cottesloe Theatre and the West End's Wyndham's Theatre featured Michael Gambon as 'Tom Sergeant', Lia Williams as 'Kyra Hollis', and Daniel Betts as 'Edward Sergeant'.

Directed by Richard Eyre, with designs by John Gunter, lighting by Mark Jonathan, and sound by Freya Edwards.


1st West End London Revival 1997

Previewed 25 June 1997, Opened 30 June 1997, Closed 11 October 1997 at the Vaudeville Theatre

The cast featured Bill Nighy as 'Tom Sergeant', Stella Gonet as 'Kyra Hollis', and Theo Fraser Steele as 'Edward Sergeant'.

Directed by Richard Eyre, with designs by John Gunter, lighting by Mark Jonathan, and sound by Freya Edwards.

Touring production, based on the original staging.


2nd West End London Revival 2014

Previewed 6 June 2014, Opened 18 June 2014, Closed 23 August 2014 at the Wyndham's Theatre in London

A major revival of David Hare's 1995 play Skylight in London starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy

The cast featured Bill Nighy as 'Tom Sergeant', Carey Mulligan as 'Kyra Hollis', and Matthew Beard as 'Edward Sergeant'.

Directed by Stephen Daldry, with designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Paul Arditti, and music by Paul Englishby.

Carey Mulligan makes her West End stage debut in this production. She played the role of 'Nina' on stage in Ian Rickson's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull on Broadway in 2008. Her film credits include 'Daisy Buchanan' in The Great Gatsby and the lead role of of 'Jenny Mellor' in An Education.

Bill Nighy's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Robert' in Roger Michell's production of Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in 2000 and transfer to the Duchess Theatre in 2001; 'Dr Hornby' in Karel Reisz's revival of Harold Pinter's A Kind of Alaska at the Donmar Warehouse in 1998; and 'Jerry' in David Leveaux's revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Almeida Theatre in 1991.

Stephen Daldry's London stage directing credits include Peter Morgan's The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013, and Apollo Theatre in 2015; Lee Hall and Elton John musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace in 2005; and JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 1992, and West End transfers.

When this production opened Neil Norman in the Daily Express hailed it as "a pitch-perfect revival of Hare’s 1995 play... complex, thrilling and provocative its human heartbeat is as loud as it ever was." Paul Taylor in the Independent wrote: "How has it stood the test of time? "Remarkably well is the answer to judge from this splendid revival." Michael Billington in the Guardian said that "Stephen Daldry's revival is beautifully acted by Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard... everything about this production is finely judged." Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail highlighted that Bill Nighy "is a joy to watch - and he and Miss Mulligan have more chemistry than AstraZeneca. It makes for a mesmerising spectacle. The pairing of these two by director Stephen Daldry was inspired" Dominic Maxwell in the Times thought that "Bill Nighy is a case study in charisma in this fine revival of one of David Hare's knottiest plays... this is a stimulating evening that boasts, in Bill Nighy, a performance of pure class." Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph said the play is "thrillingly revived by Stephen Daldry in a knockout production starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan." Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard held that both "Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan are superb in this revival of David Hare’s prickly, intelligent mid-Nineties play." Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times described how "the fierce rows between Tom and Kyra have even more of a sting because Stephen Daldry’s excellent revival keeps the play in its period but the points still feel agonisingly fresh. And the beautifully counterpointed performances from Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan twist the personal and the political together."

"Carey Mulligan's career was defined by her role as the young Lynn Barber in An Education. Since then, one New York appearance apart, all her work has been on film. Nevertheless she makes a supremely confident West End debut in David Hare's Skylight , her intelligent, luminous performance being the highlight of the production... David Hare's characters are often criticised as vehicles for ideas but, here, they are primarily vehicles for aphorisms, many of which are sharp and funny but few of which lodge in the mind. Even in Stephen Daldry's expertly modulated production, it is the dramatist, rather than his characters, who takes centre stage." The Express on Sunday

"Terrific lead performances from Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan as estranged lovers make this revival production of David Hare's mid-nineties show a must-see. Nighy's Tom is a wealthy restaurateur who tries to rekindle a love affair with Mulligan's Kyra in the light of his wife's death from cancer, but they find each other painfully out of reach. Prowling and twisting like an old lion in Kyra's gritty flat, Nighly is incredibly vibrant, causing laughter and gasps in equal measure." The Sunday Mirror

"Things have changed since David Hare's Skylight opened in 1995. The rich have got richer and the poor poorer, making all the more pointed Hare's impassioned analysis of the relationship between Tom, a self-made, fifty-something London restaurateur, and Kyra, an idealistic, young, upper-middle-class woman with a first-class degree, teaching in a sink school in East Ham... David Hare's brilliance lies in his balance between the personal and the political, between Left and Right, as our alliances between this pair and what they stand for constantly shift. Tom is indeed crass, sexist and materialistic, but there is no doubting his pain at discovering that money couldn't buy his wife's forgiveness nor Kyra's lost trust. Stephen Daldry’s tense, moving, magnificent revival comes within a Hare's breadth of perfection. See it." The Mail on Sunday

Skylight in London at the Wyndham's Theatre previewed from 6 June 2014, opened on 18 June 2014 and closed on 23 August 2014.