Bill Nighy returns to David Hare’s plays in this new revival of his 1996 work Skylight and, as I say in my video review above, it’s a very good thing. Nighy and co-star Carey Mulligan have a brilliant vehicle worthy of their complementary talents.

The play is directed by Stephen Daldry (perhaps better known for his film work on Billy Elliott, The Hours and much else) and beautifully designed by Bob Crowley and Natasha Katz. In fact, this revival is as fine as the original — while being utterly different in texture, tone and impact.

Those who found previous Hare plays thinly disguised political rants turned around their opinions with Skylight, which offers a Shaw-worthy match of wits wrapped in a deeply felt love affair. Lia Williams and Matthew Beard co-star in the winning revival.

Watch my review. Are you considering seeing the play? Let us know what you think.