After helming Helen Mirren in the West End production of The Audience, Stephen Daldry will return to the London theater with Skylight. The major revival of David Hare’s Olivier Award winning play will star Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Mulligan’s An Education co-star Matthew Beard. The drama is set on a bitterly cold London evening when schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, but find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. The Robert Fox Limited production will open at the Wyndham’s Theatre on June 18, with previews from June 6, and close on August 23. The original 1995 production was also at Wyndham’s.
Nighy is a Hare regular, previously starring in a 1997 production of Skylight as well as stage versions of Pravda, Map Of The World and The Vertical Hour. Later this year he’ll reteam with Hare for the 2nd and 3rd installments of the BBC’s The Worricker Trilogy series. Mulligan is making her West End stage debut in Skylight. She was last on stage in the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2011 production of Through A Glass Darkly at the New York Theater Workshop. She recently finished Fox Searchlight’s Far From The Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, and her next project, Suffragette, starts shooting later this month. Beard plays Tom’s son Edward Sergeant and will make his stage debut in Skylight. He appeared in last year’s The Look Of Love and later this year has Posh, helmed by An Education‘s Lone Scherfig, as well as The Imitation Game, the movie The Weinstein Co made the subject of the biggest acquisition deal in Berlin history last week. Oscar-nominated Daldry’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical is still playing in London and on tour across the U.S. His next feature, Trash, is due for release in the UK in May.