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Carey Mulligan to make West End debut in David Hare's Skylight

Carey Mulligan in An Education

Preview by Jack Foley

CAREY Mulligan is to make her West End debut in a star-studded revival of David Hare’s Skylight.

She will be joined by Matthew Beard – who starred alongside her in breakthrough movie An Education – and Bill Nighy in the production, which is to be directed by Stephen Daldry.

Skylight will open at the Wyndham’s Theatre on June 18, 2014, with previews from June 6. Booking opens today for this strictly limited run playing to August 23, 2014.

The story takes place on a bitterly cold London evening, as 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.

Mulligan (who plays Kyra) was last on stage in the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2011 production of Through A Glass Darkly at the New York Theater Workshop. She made her Broadway debut in Ian Rickson’s production of Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Walter Kerr Theater.

Mulligan came to prominence on film in Nick Hornby’s An Education, for which she won multiple awards, including the 2010 Best Actress BAFTA. Her extensive film credits also include the recently released Inside Llewellyn Davis, directed by the Coen Brothers, The Great Gatsby (directed by Baz Lurhmann) and Shame (directed by Steve McQueen).

Mulligan has recently finished filming Far From the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, which is due for release later this year. She begins filming Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan, later this month.

Matthew Beard (who plays Edward Sergeant) will make his stage debut in Skylight. His notable film credits include playing Blake Morrison in And When Did you Last See Your Father? for which he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and the Evening Standard Film Awards, as well as An Education, One Day and Chatroom.

Later this year he will be seen in the film adaptation of Laura Wade’s Posh, directed by Lone Scherfig, as well as The Imitation Game and Singularity.

Bill Nighy (Tom Sergeant) has won numerous awards internationally for his work on both stage and screen. Previously Nighy has performed in David Hare’s Pravda and Map of the World as well as the 1997 production of Skylight. He was also seen in the world premiere of Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway and he will be reunited with Hare for the TV drama Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield, the second and third instalments of The Worricker Trilogy television series, which began with Page Eight.

His extensive film credits include Love Actually for which he won multiple awards, Notes on a Scandal, The Constant Gardner, Lawless Heart and Still Crazy. Nighy also played the tenticled pirate captain Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Park One.

More recently, Nighy garnered great critical acclaim in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and last year saw him in Jack The Giant Slayer and About Time.

His 2014 projects include I, Frankenstein, Pride and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.

Skylight premiered at the National Theatre in 1995 and that year was the recipient of the Laurence Olivier award for Best Play. The production transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End and then Broadway. In a return to the West End, the production opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in June 1997.

David Hare is the author of 29 plays for the stage, including Plenty, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, The Permanent Way, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), Gethsemane and most recently South Downs.

His new play for the National Theatre, Behind The Beautiful Forevers, will open in the Olivier in November. His many screenplays include The Hours and The Reader, both directed by Stephen Daldry.

Daldry most recently directed the sell-out West End production of Peter Morgan’s The Audience with Helen Mirren.

He is currently working on Trash, his latest film for Working Title Films.