Skylight
UK live broadcast 17 July
International screenings 23 October

Skylight

By David Hare

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

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Beautifully acted by Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard

Guardian

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Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan talk to the BBC's Andrew Marr ahead of the live UK broadcast of Skylight
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Thrillingly revived by Stephen Daldry in a knockout production

Daily Telegraph

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Click here to download the Skylight cast list (2MB)

David Hare’s prickly, intelligent mid-Nineties play is full of guts and heart

Evening Standard

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'Hopefully you will be moved, you will be entertained and you will be made to laugh. And then you will be very hungry...'
Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard talk about theatre, ideals and cooking onstage
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Bill Nighy at full belt on stage is astonishing, unbalancing, unforgettable

Daily Mail

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Carey Mulligan gives a performance of extraordinarily contained power

Independent

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'At my age you're supposed to move to the country.' 
He's one of our best-loved performers, but it's all an act according to Bill Nighy
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Bill Nighy is a case study in charisma in this fine revival

The Times

Complex, thrilling and provocative

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Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan beautifully convey the hurt inside these two wounded, stubborn creatures

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Time Out

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

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.

Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who is making her West End stage debut, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).

Skylight is directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who recently directed the sell-out West End production of The Audience with Helen Mirren, which was also broadcast to cinemas by National Theatre Live.

David Hare is the author of 29 plays for stage, including Plenty, Racing Demon, Amy’s View, Pravda (with Howard Brenton) and Stuff Happens. His many screenplays include The Hours and The Reader.

Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and Broadway, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play.

A pivotal play

The Observer

Skylight is a great play that touches lightly but thought-provokingly on money, class, politics and love

Sunday Times

Carey Mulligan debuts in David Hare's Skylight in West End this summer

Guardian

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Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy to play ex-lovers in West End play

BBC News

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