Skylight (play)

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Skylight
Skylight (play - cover art of bound edition of script).jpg
Faber & Faber first edition
Written by David Hare
Date premiered 1995
Place premiered Cottesloe Theatre
London
Original language English
Subject Matters of life, love and circumstance between an older man and a younger woman
Genre Drama
Setting Present day flat in Northwest London

Skylight is a play by British dramatist David Hare. It opened in May 1995 at the Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Michael Gambon and Lea Williams. The production then moved to the Wyndham's Theatre for a short run from 13 February 1996, again with Gambon and Williams, who both appeared in the Broadway transfer from September to December 1996, each earning Tony Award nominations for their performances. On 30 June 1997 the play opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre starring Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet.

The play won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play for the 1995 season.

A new production directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy — reprising the part he'd performed in 1997 — and Matthew Beard opened at the Wyndham's Theatre in June 2014.[1] The play was broadcast live (or near-live) to cinema audiences via NT Live on 17 July 2014.[1]

Characters[edit]

  • Tom Sergeant
  • Kyra Hollis
  • Edward Sergeant

Plot[edit]

East London school teacher Kyra Hollis is visited on the same night by Edward Sargeant and, later, his father Tom Sargeant. Kyra had been living with the Sargeant family years earlier but left after her affair with Tom was discovered by Tom's wife, who has since died. Edward now accuses Kyra of having left him as well, as he saw her as a big sister, and he demands to know why she left his life.

Shortly thereafter, Tom, a wealthy restaurateur, with real life references to Terence Conran, appears unheralded and for no apparent reason. Kyra's less-than-glamorous lifestyle leads him to poke fun at her to the point of insult, accusing her of self-punishment. After Kyra cooks a spaghetti dinner (which the actress cooks on stage), the talk turns to their relationship, and it becomes clear that their chances to be rekindled rest on whether one of them can change preconceived notions of the other.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Nominations
  • 1996 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor (Michael Gambon)
  • 1997 Tony Award for Best Play
  • 1997 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Michael Gambon)
  • 1997 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Lia Williams)
  • 1997 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Richard Eyre)
  • 1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (Michael Gambon)
  • 1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (Lia Williams)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Skylight review – Hare revival is a Thatcherite play for today The Observer, 22 June 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  • Hare, David (1994). Skylight (First edition ed.). London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 0-571-17612-7. 

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