One of this year’s biggest theatre events has been the National Theatre’s revival of Skylight by David Hare.
Directed by Stephen Daldry and starring two of the UK’s favourite screen actors –Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan – it drew huge expectant crowds down in London when it opened a few weeks ago, and they were not disappointed. Skylight garnered a bunch of five-star reviews.
Quentin Letts in The Mail said: “Bill Nighy at full belt on stage is astonishing, unforgettable” and “Miss Mulligan (29) may be young to play Kyra but my goodness she holds her own. To not be upstaged by a rampaging Nighy is an achievement.”
Meanwhile Charles Spencer in the Telegraph reported: “You can’t take your eyes off Nighy. He paces the grotty flat in his sharp suit and overcoat like an angry old lion in a cage,” whilst Mulligan’s Kyra was played with “an almost feline sense of self possession”.
So what is it all about? The setting for the play is a bitterly cold London evening during which schoolteacher Kyra receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As she produces spaghetti bolognese and the evening develops, the two attempt to rekindle their passion, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of ideologies and desire.
An intense and dramatic evening at the theatre which we are pleased to be bringing to the South Holland Centre by satellite broadcast on Thursday, July 31 in the last of our popular NT Live events before September.
The satellite screenings programme for the Autumn is also burgeoning, with events from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre on sale through the box office or Centre’s website.