Carey Mulligan has been no stranger to the big screen in recent years, and now she will take her acting skills to the stage, debuting in a play at the West End in London. She will be appearing in a revival of David Hare’s Skylight, which will be directed by Stephen Daldry.
She will make her debut in Skylight this summer, and the show will preview at the Wyndham’s theatre in June.
It will mark the second time that Skylight has been performed in the West End, with Bill Nighy returning to fill the role that he played back in 1997.
Skylight premiered at the National Theatre in 1995, where it won the Oliver Award for best play. The production then transferred to the West End before heading to Broadway, and later returning to the West End in 1997.
In Hare’s Skylight, Bill Nighy will play the role of Tom, a newly widowed owner of a restaurant. He starts staying with his ex-girlfriend Kyra Hollis, who is much younger, with the hope of rekindling their relationship.
Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy are to play former lovers in a West End revival of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry.
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Matthew Beard is also a part of the cast, and will be making his stage debut in the play. Beard has previously worked with Carey Mulligan in the film An Education.
While Bill Nighy has appeared on the stage before, it will be a show filled with two of the biggest British actors that are currently acting. Carey Mulligan was last seen on stage three years ago in an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film Through a Glass Darkly in New York.
Her acting ability on the stage has been highly praised, and in reference to her role in Through A Glass Darkly, New York Times Critic Ben Brantley said “If you want to experience the shock of illumination that acting, at its best, can achieve – and only occasionally does – you need to see Ms Mulligan’s performance.”
Carey Mulligan was most recently seen on screen in Inside Llewyn Davis, and she has received great praise for each of her other films including An Education and Shame. Some notable films for Bill Nighy include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love Actually, Notes On A Scandal, and Still Crazy.
After mostly being known as a film actress, Carey Mulligan has been in a few plays already, but will make her West End debut this year, and work with the talented Bill Nighy for the first time.
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