Their faces grace the covers of national magazines, and heads turn when they walk down the street.
But this season, they threw themselves into revivals of two highly regarded plays, he as the physically afflicted title character in “The Elephant Man,” by Bernard Pomerance, and she as a schoolteacher in “Skylight,” by David Hare.
Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, both Oscar-nominated film stars, are now both Tony Award nominees and are embracing the stage, even as they continue to manage Hollywood careers. “The Elephant Man,” which closed on Broadway in February at the end of a limited run, is transferring to London this summer; “Skylight,” which ran in London last year, is scheduled to play until June 21 in New York.
The two have never worked together, although they have had a number of cinematic near-misses: He auditioned, unsuccessfully, to portray her husband in “The Great Gatsby,” while she sought, also unsuccessfully, a role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Ultimately, as show business would have it, they met through a shared publicist and have since become friends.
The 2015 Tony Awards have just been revealed, and Carey Mulligan has been nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role in “Skylight”, whilst her co-star Bill Nighy has been nominated for Best Lead Actor. The play itself has also been nominated for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor (Matthew Beard), Best Director (Stephen Daldry), Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting. Congratulations to the cast and crew!
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Geneva Carr, “Hand to God”
Helen Mirren, “The Audience”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Heidi Chronicles”
Carey Mulligan, “Skylight”
Ruth Wilson, “Constellations”
The 2015 Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday (June 7) on CBS.
After Bill Nighy saw David Hare’s play “Skylight” in 1995, he telephoned the playwright to tell him he had never had a better night in the theater. “I was exhilarated,” Mr. Nighy recalled. “It was everything I loved and admired, and I picked up the phone and said, ‘David! I’ve just seen “Skylark.’ ”
Mr. Nighy, tall, elegant and handsomely grizzled, gave the kind of patent-worthy self-deprecatory grimace that will be familiar to fans of his films “Love Actually” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “So that went well,” he said.
Mr. Hare evidently didn’t hold the slip of the tongue against him. Twenty years later, Mr. Nighy, 65, is playing Tom Sergeant, the lead male role in “Skylight,” for the third time in 18 years, in a production directed by Stephen Daldry that will begin a 13-week Broadway run at the John Golden Theater on March 13.
There, as in London last summer, when the play sold out for its entire run and attracted a record number of viewers to a live broadcast, he will act opposite Carey Mulligan, who plays Kyra Hollis, the young woman with whom Tom had a six-year affair that ended three years before the play begins.
Ms. Mulligan, 29, drew acclaim for her portrayal of Nina in Ian Rickson’s 2007 production of “The Seagull,” which reached Broadway the next year. Ms. Mulligan, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, “may well turn out to be one of the great actresses of the 21st century.”
She has certainly turned out to be one of the busiest, largely working in film since earning a 2010 Oscar nomination for playing a teenager who has an affair with an older man in “An Education,” and starring as Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 “The Great Gatsby,” among other roles.
Ms. Mulligan laughed heartily at Mr. Nighy’s “Skylark” story. “I’ve never heard that before,” she said delightedly.
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/
Sorry these are so late, I’ve had them sat on my computer for weeks and only just realised that I’d not uploaded them to the gallery. I’ve just added 13 lovely HQ images of Carey from the press night for Skylight, which took place on June 18. Enjoy!