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London Hit SKYLIGHT Comes to Broadway This Spring for a Limited Run






directed by STEPHEN DALDRY




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This spring, Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy will reprise their critically acclaimed West End performances when the hit London production of David Hare’s SKYLIGHT, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry, comes to Broadway.  The production, which played to sold-out houses when it opened in the West End in June, was hailed by The Mail on Sunday as “a scorching production—a brilliant play about changing and clashing values, and the true cost of love. . . . Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan are sublime,” while The Daily Telegraph called it “A thrilling modern classic,” adding, “There is a bruising, emotional truth in the writing, and a zinging, stinging mixture of wit and anger in this knockout production.”

SKYLIGHT, which also features Matthew Beard, will begin performances Monday, March 16 at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).  Opening night is Thursday, April 2.  SKYLIGHT will play a 13-week limited engagement through Sunday, June 14.

Tickets to SKYLIGHT, ranging from $60 to $149, are now available at For the performance schedule and additional information visit or call (212) 239-6200.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), 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.

SKYLIGHTis designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Paul Arditti, and original music by Paul Englishby.

SKYLIGHT will be produced on Broadway by Robert Fox and Scott Rudin.

David Hare’s SKYLIGHToriginally premiered at the National Theatre in London in 1995 before going on to play smash hit engagements in the West End and on Broadway the following year.  When the 2014 production of SKYLIGHTopened in the West End in June it was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic.  The Guardian said “Hare’s play hits you straight between the eyes with its mixture of private pain and public rage at our profoundly polarised society,” while The Observer declared, “Stephen Daldry’s production dances—it is a high-velocity encounter between two exceptional actors.  This is a pivotal play.”  Variety said,“Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy are so perfectly matched and balanced—watching them lock horns is riveting,” and The Mail on Sunday called SKYLIGHT “tense, moving, magnificent . . . within a hair’s breadth of perfection.”  The Washington Postdescribed it as “a pinnacle event . . . an artfully crafted piece of penetrating drama.  Stephen Daldry’s flawless staging explores the fissures among the characters so potently that the evening hums along on what feel like the vibrant currents of life as it is actually lived. . . . Exceptional is the adjective that comes to mind.”  The Telegraph summed it all up by proclaiming, “West End productions don’t come any better than this.”

SKYLIGHT is David Hare’s eleventh Broadway production.  The author of 29 plays, his other works include SlagThe Great Exhibition, Brassneck (with Howard Brenton), KnuckleFanshenTeeth ‘n’ SmilesPlenty,A Map of the WorldPravda (with Howard Brenton), The Bay at NiceThe Secret RaptureRacing DemonMurmuring JudgesThe Absence of WarAmy’s ViewThe Blue Room (from Schnitzler), The Judas Kiss, Via DolorosaMy Zinc BedThe Breath of LifeThe Permanent WayStuff HappensThe Vertical HourGethsemaneBerlin WallThe Power of Yes, and South Downs.  His many screenplays for film and television include Licking HitlerWetherbyDamageThe HoursThe ReaderPage EightTurks & Caicos, and Salting the Battlefield.  He received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays for The Reader and The Hours.

Stephen Daldry continues his association with David Hare after directing the playwright in his one-person play Via Dolorosa, both at the Royal Court Theatre in London and on Broadway, and directing the feature film productions of Hare’s screenplays for The Hours and The Reader.  Formerly the Artistic Director of London’s Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, he has also directed at the National Theatre in London and the Public Theater in New York, and transferred many productions to both Broadway and the West End.  His National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls ran for three years in the West End, and more than a year on Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best Revival, and was recently revived on tour in the UK.  His production of Billy Elliot the Musical is currently playing in London and on tour across the U.S., having previously played on Broadway, in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, and Toronto.  In 2009, the Broadway production won ten Tony Awards (including Best Musical), more than any other British show in Broadway history.  His other notable stage credits include the Royal Court Theatre productions of Caryl Churchill’s A Number and Far Away (which was subsequently seen Off Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop), Search and Destroy,and The Kitchen; the National Theatre production of Machinal; and the West End production of The Audience, which will also open on Broadway this spring. Daldry’s films have collectively been nominated for 19 Academy Awards, and won two.  He has received Academy Award nominations for Best Director for Billy ElliotThe Hours, and The Reader, and has won Tony Awards for Best Director, for bothAn Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot the Musical.  He is currently working on his latest film, Trash.  Daldry was creative executive producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Carey Mulligan appeared in The Seagull both on Broadway and in London (at the Royal Court Theatre), and Off Broadway in Through a Glass Darkly at the New York Theatre Workshop.  Her films include Inside Llewyn DavisThe Great GatsbyShameDriveNever Let Me GoWall Street: Money Never SleepsBrothersPublic EnemiesAn Education (Academy Award nomination), The GreatestPride and Prejudice, and When Did You Last See Your Father? (British Independent Film Award and Evening Standard Film Award nominations for Most Promising Newcomer).She recently finished filming Far From the Madding Crowd and Suffragette.

Bill Nighy starred on Broadway in David Hare’s The Vertical Hour and at London’s National Theatre in Hare’s Pravda and A Map of the World; on television he has starred in Hare’s “Page Eight,” and in the second and third installments of Hare’s The Worriker Trilogy—“Turks and Caicos” and “Salting the Battlefield.”  Additional London stage credits include the National Theatre productions of Arcadia, Blue/Orange, andThe SeagullBetrayal at the Almeida Theatre; and A Kind of Alaska,at the Donmar Warehouse.  He starred in the films Love ActuallyWild Target; The Boat That Rocked; ValkyrieNotes on a Scandal; Underworld: Evolution andUnderworld: Rise of the Lycans; The Constant Gardener; Lawless Heart; Still Crazy; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Jack The Giant Slayer; I, Frankenstein;About Time;and as Captain Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.  Additionaltelevision credits include the films “The Girl in the Café,” “The Young Visiters,” “State of Play,” “The Men’s Room,” “The Lost Prince,” and “Gideon’s Crossing.”  He will be seen in the upcoming films Pride and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Matthew Beard made his stage debut in the West End production of Skylight.  He appeared in the films The Imitation GameSingularityChatroomAn EducationThe Look of Love, and When Did You Last See Your Father?, and on television in “Rogue” and “Labyrinth.

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