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Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Ended 23 Aug 2014 after 2 months
Carey Mulligan makes her West End stage debut, as the younger ex-lover of a recently widowed successful businessman
A true cross-section of Britain's acting talent take centre stage in this chilling play of lost love, betrayal and snobbery. Shame and The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan makes her West End stage debut opposite the ever-popular Bill Nighy (State of Play, Love Actually, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), in a play that garnered both and Olivier and Tony Awards in 1995 and 1997, respectively.
Young East End schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) is visited on a cold winter's night in London by Edward Sargeant (Matthew Beard) whose mother recently died. Grief-stricken and confused, he demands to know why Kyra, who used to to live with the Sargeant family and who he saw as a sister, abandoned him so suddenly.
Enter Edward's suave and successful restuaranteur father, Tom (Bill Nighy), who arrives unannounced and uninvited. After expressing surprise at Edward being there, he then proceeds to maliciously poke fun at Kyra's seemingly tedious lifestyle, whilst alluding subtly to the real reason why Kyra left; he and Kyra were having an affair under his wife's very nose, unbeknownst by Edward.
With his wife now dead, and Tom again on the prowl, will the pair choose to rekindle their love or will their differing values prove too much an obstacle - not to mention the presence of Edward, who becomes more and more bemused by the evening's events.
The original production of Skylight saw Michael Gambon in the role of Tom opposite Lia Williams. It originally premiered at the National Theatre, before moving to the Wyndham's Theatre - where nearly 20 years on, it makes its return.
Previews from: 6 June 2014
Opening night: 17 June 2014
Closing night: 23 August 2014
Suitable for ages 16+ due to mature themes
Two hours and 20 minutes, including one interval
2 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)
A well composed script, tells the story of a charismatic London restaurantu... more
Was bit wary of Carey Mulligan... but very well played strong and infectiou... more
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