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Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy in London Revival of David Hare's 'Skylight'

By Jon Sobel j.sobel@classicalite.com on Jun 11, 2014 04:04 PM EDT

A West End revival of David Hare's drama Skylight starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy is currently in previews and will open June 18.

Moviegoers know Mulligan for The Great Gatsby and Inside Llewyn Davis among other films, while Whovians will never forget her as "Sally Sparrow" in the classic 2007 Dr. Who episode "Blink," for which she won a sci-fi Constellation Award. Don't blink before booking your trip to London, though; the production is scheduled to run only through August 23.

The BAFTA-winning Mulligan will be seen on screen next year in a new adaptation by Thomas Vinterberg of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.

Nighy, also a BAFTA winner (for his unforgettable portrayal of a washed-up rock star in Love Actually) is also well known for the Underworld and Pirates of the Caribbean movies. His extensive theater career includes a Broadway production of Hare's The Vertical Hour in 2006 and a stint as Tom in the London production of Skylight at London's Vaudeville Theatre in 1996. The play had opened the previous year starring Michael Gambon and directed by Richard Eyre, winning that year's Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

The drama revolves around the potential rekindling of a relationship between a younger woman and an older man (and the on-stage cooking of a real spaghetti dinner). The Daily Mail has reported that Nicole Kidman once expressed interest in doing a film version of Skylight, but that Hare didn't want a film made, and that the playwright discussed with Kate Winslet the possibility of taking the role of Kyra in the new revival, but Winslet wasn't able to commit for long enough.

Stephen Daldry directs and Matthew Beard co-stars in the new production. Beard has played opposite Carey in two films, including An Education, for which Carey won her BAFTA.

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TagsWest End, BAFTA, Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, Dr. Who, kate winslet, Nicole Kidman, London Theatre, David Hare

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