Carey Mulligan has become War Child UK’s latest global ambassador.
The Great Gatsby actress will help the organisation fund raise and promote its work in war zones around the world.
She decided to join the charity after her brother came into contact with War Child UK during his time serving in Afghanistan.
On her new role, Mulligan said: “When I started to learn about War Child’s programmes, I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved.
“It’s unbearable that the places that are being targeted are the very places that children should be safe. Children no different to my 3-year-old godson. Children are children, no matter where they are in the world and they should have no place in war.”
War Child UK’s CEO, Rob Williams, added: “We are really delighted that Carey has chosen to work with us to protect children caught up in conflict zones. I know that her commitment to this is immensely strong, based on a deep concern for children facing extreme situations in conflicts around the world.”
Mulligan will travel abroad later this year to see the work carried out by War Child UK. She will also take part in the charity’s BBC Radio 4 appeal, which will be broadcast on Sunday (September 28).
There had been a buzz in the air, but it has finally been confirmed that Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan will be travelling across the pond to star in the Broadway transfer of David Hare’s Skylight.
The show, staged by Stephen Daldry, tells the story of a teacher named Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful restauranteur who’s wife has recently passed away. As the night progresses, the pair try and rekindle their romance, but are both met with opposing ideologies and desires. The show also stars Matthew Beard.
Skylight finished its West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre in August, and as of March 16, 2015 will be showing at John Golden Theatre for a limited 13 week run. The show was met with critical acclaim (THN even gave it five stars!) and according to producer Scott Rudin, recouped its show budget after just five weeks. There is no doubt that this show will get Tonys a-buzzing next year!
Breaking Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office records for the highest grossing show, Stephen Daldry’s production of David Hare’s Skylight has “recouped within five weeks of its opening”.
Skylight, which opened at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 18th June 2014, stars Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant, Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis and Matthew Beard as Edward Sergeant. Hare’s Olivier award-winning play, which runs until 23rd August 2014 in a strictly limited season, has designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.
This Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 7pm, there will be a National Theatre Live performance of Skylight. NT Live is the National Theatre’s innovative project to broadcast the best of British Theatre live from the stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/
David Hare’s Skylight opened at the National Theatre on May 4 1995. Directed by Richard Eyre, it starred Michael Gambon, Lia Williams and Daniel Betts – and was instantly acclaimed as a masterpiece, winning the Olivier for best new play for that year. A West End production, in which Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet took over the leading roles, ran in the West End the following year, but it has not been seen since.
In this revival, directed by Stephen Daldry, Nighy returns to the part of Tom Sergeant, a rich restaurateur who seeks out his former lover, now a teacher, living in East London. She is played by Carey Mulligan, and Sergeant’s son Edward by Matthew Beard. The conversations between the trio, in particular the great debate between Tom and Kyra in which their love for each other is tested by their different views of the world, make Skylight riveting drama.
Sarah Crompton: You’ve done this play before, so how does it feel coming back to it?
Bill Nighy: Well, apparently I’ve done it before. I have fond memories of the people involved. I have no memory, any at all, of actually performing the play, no recall in terms of the lines. I can’t tell you any line from any play I’ve ever done. I quoted David Hare one of his lines the other day to illuminate whatever point we were trying to make in the conversation, and I said ‘What play was that?’ and he said ‘It was your line, you said it about a hundred and fifty times in The Vertical Hour.’
SC: Carey, you have never seen it?
Carey Mulligan: No, because it was quite a long time ago. Stephen Daldry mentioned it to me almost two years ago, but I didn’t know anything about the play. So I prayed, as I started reading it, come on, be good. And it was beyond good, so I was thrilled.
On behalf of the site and the fans, I would like to wish Carey a very happy 29th birthday today. I hope she has a fantastic day with her loved ones, and we all look forward to seeing her film projects in the upcoming year.
Happy Birthday Carey!
Carey Mulligan returned to theatre because of the lack of brilliant female roles in film.
The 28-year-old actress is returning to London’s West End after a seven-year hiatus to star alongside Bill Nighy in a revival of playwright David Hare’s ‘Skylight‘ and she admits it’s because she couldn’t pass up the chance to take on the lead.
She said: ”There are so few brilliantly written female characters out there and she’s such a great opportunity.”
Since her last theatre appearance in ‘The Seagull‘ in 2007, the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘ actress has won numerous awards for her roles in films such as ‘An Education‘ and ‘Never Let Me Go‘, but she’s confessed the storyline of ‘Skylight‘ persuaded her to return to the stage.
She explained: ”I was drawn to the intimacy of it, and how it was so focused on one conversation and how two people who have history both see the same event.
”The challenge of filling that stage for one and a half hours, going head to head with one actor and of having to find new experiences with the same material night after night and figure out more stuff about it. It’s very exciting.”
However, as Mulligan has also been busy working on her new film ‘Suffragette‘ alongside Meryl Streep, she’s confessed she hasn’t had time to stress over her return to the stage.
She added to Britain’s Vogue magazine: ”I’ve been so wrapped up in the film I haven’t really thought about ‘Skylight‘, which is probably a good thing because I haven’t been worrying about it.”