Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Skylight

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Following rave reviews in London, David Hare's drama about an amorous and unstable reunion of two former lovers comes to Broadway, starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy. More…

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her one-time boss and former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. Kyra had walked out on Tom years earlier, when Tom's wife discovered their relationship. Now, Tom's wife is dead and he has returned to settle unfinished business. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

2h 20m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (50)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking
83
Avg Score

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Problematic script, Well acted, Odoriferous (dinner's cooking)

See it if you like Hare. The script is ludicrous. It's ok to have the affair as long as the wife doesn't know...really? Too many plot holes.

Don't see it if you're expecting the best of Nighy. His schtick was distracting. Mulligan fared better. I'm sick of old men getting young beautiful women.

Also Very talky, which kills the chemistry. I found Mulligan's moral high g... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like very slow paced psychological drama. Great actors!

Don't see it if you don't like very slow paced psychological drama.

51
Slow, Boring, Great acting, Ok, Not great

See it if You like slower paced character driven pieces where not a lot really happens but there is lots of talking.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span or dislike slow paced shows.

84
Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Slow

See it if You want to see two incredibly talented stage actors give their all.

Don't see it if You're looking for a profound play with a lot of action.

58
Disappointing, Nice set, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if The first scene with Matthew Beard was excellent. He's an impressive young actor. Bill Nighy was a bundle of distracting tics.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to an annoying somewhat unpleasant couple argue about old times.

78
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Dated

See it if you appreciate a well-crafted story with great acting

Don't see it if you are looking for flash / you are uncomfortable with the May/Decemberest of inappropriate relationships.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Intense, Masterful

See it if you enjoy superb theater

Don't see it if .......................

75
Pretentious, Interesting, Great acting, Unsurprising

See it if You are a Cary Mulligan/Bill Nighy fan and enjoy talky plays that don't have much action

Don't see it if you don't feel like paying a LOT for a play that would be better suited to a smaller off-Broadway setting

85
Slow, Overrated, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if classic and proper stage play

Don't see it if you don't like classic plays

90
Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Original, Intelligent

See it if you want an intelligent story about relationships & enjoy quick, fast paced, & witty dialogue. It's also outstanding writing & acting.

Don't see it if You dislike the topics of money or class, you're looking for a spectacle, or dislike monologues.

88
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if For the cast and writing. I love Nighy and Mulligan, but Matthew Beard has proven to be someone new to watch for. Well rounded characters.

Don't see it if You're made uncomfortable by their relationship. You're looking for something lighter.

87
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a masterclass in acting from these brilliant performers. Also, a superb acting feat. Simple and lovely.

Don't see it if plays bore you. Especially small cast plays.

83
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want to see masterful acting and writing in a multi award winning show

Don't see it if you need a lot of action on stage. This is a play about telling a story of lost love.

90
Dizzying, Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of the lead actors, enjoy serious/weighty plays, are intrigued by relationships in turmoil

Don't see it if you want something lighthearted and pain-free

82
Refreshing, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want a fascinating political discourse disguised as a romantic drama in a subtly directed piece with a luminous Carey Mulligan.

Don't see it if discussions of money, class and society are not of your interests.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You enjoy great acting, great writing and a compelling story about the effects of a misguided relationship.

Don't see it if A story concerning a much older man and a younger woman trying to make sense of a complicated previous relationship would turn you off.

93
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy great acting. The script is so well written.

Don't see it if Is a two person show, essentially. A lot of talking.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see emotions and beautiful acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for something upbeat.

90
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you adore serious intense drama with great acting

Don't see it if you're hoping to see humour or comedy

90
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you love these two actors, they drive the story in their shoulders.

Don't see it if you don't like a brilliant show.

70
Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Intense, Interesting

See it if you enjoy strong writing performed by terrific actors.

Don't see it if you've had your fill of intellectual romances.

87
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want to see powerful acting and great chemistry onstage.

Don't see it if You don't like plays.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you love theater and masterful performances

Don't see it if you want a blockbuster

90
Great acting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound

See it if you enjoy masterfully-executed plays.

Don't see it if you err on the conservative side of class warfare, modern politics don't hold your interest, or you need your relationships simple.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Wordy

See it if you like intelligent, dialogue-driven plays and the smell of spaghetti bolognese.

Don't see it if you don't like having to pay a lot of attention to the dialogue in order to understand what's going on. And don't see it if you're hungry!


April 2nd, 2015
"As you watch Ms. Mulligan and Mr. Nighy move magnetically toward and away from each other in Stephen Daldry’s exquisitely balanced London-born production, you can’t help thinking that on some profound level these two were made to be together...Tear-stained stories of impossible love have been a ...
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April 2nd, 2015
"Throughout, Hare demands to know how are we treating one another—as humans or objects? This might sound like preaching or, worse, allegory—but Hare’s psychological acuity and love of articulate blusterers is too strong for that: He combines the dialectical relish of Shaw, the cozy-sweater Englis...
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April 2nd, 2015
"Here they are in David Hare’s "Skylight", a monkey and a moonbeam, somehow bringing the same story to thrilling life. Nighy is the monkey, or perhaps better to call him a Catherine wheel of tics and poses and stutters and quirks. Mulligan creates the illusion of character with no affectations a...
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April 2nd, 2015
"The excellence of the production goes a long way toward finding balance in the play. While it has a terrific first act, Skylight ultimately works better as a complex relationship postmortem than as an issues debate about class, privilege and social conscience. But even when Hare stops inferring...
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