Skylight (play)

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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
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. The play premiered in the West End at the Cottesloe Theatre in 1995, moving to the Wyndham's Theatre in 1996. The play opened on Broadway in 1996 and again played the West End in 1997 and 2014. The 2014 production transferred to Broadway in 2015.


Skylight premiered in May 1995 at the Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Michael Gambon and Lia Williams. The production then moved to the Wyndham's Theatre for a short run from 13 February 1996, again with Gambon and Williams.[1][2]

Both actors appeared in the Broadway transfer from September to December 1996. Both earned Tony Award nominations for their performances, as well as Eyre as director and the play as Best Play. The play won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award as Best Foreign Play.[3][4]

On 30 June 1997 the play opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre starring Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet, directed by Eyre, running through 11 October 1997.[2][5]

The play won the 1996 Laurence Olivier Award for Play of the Year. [6]

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.[7] The play was broadcast live (or near-live) to cinema audiences via NT Live on 17 July 2014.[7] This production transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on 16 March 2015.[8] The production officially opened on 2 April in a limited engagement to 21 June.[9] The play was nominated for seven 2015 Tony Awards, and won Best Revival of a Play.[10]

On June 10, 2016, Hidden Cove Productions[11] will open Skylight,[12] starring Sara Topham, Lindsay G. Merrithew and Tim Dowler-Coltman,[13] at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Larry Moss will direct the four-week run.

On February 14, 2017, Theatre Calgary[14] will open Skylight,[15] starring Geoffrey Simon Brown, Dean Paul Gibson and Myla Southward at the Max Bell Theatre in Calgary, Alberta. Valerie Planche[16] will direct the 2 week run.

On June 13, 2017, Oxford University Drama Society will open Skylight for a week at The Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, directed by student Hugh Tappin. It will star fellow students Natalie Lauren, Adam Diaper and Luke Wintour.


Source: Skylight[2]

  • Tom Sergeant
  • Kyra Hollis
  • Edward Sergeant


East London school teacher Kyra Hollis is visited on the same night by Edward Sergeant and, later, his father Tom Sergeant. Kyra had been living with the Sergeant 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]

  • 1996 Olivier Award for Best Actor (Michael Gambon)[6]
  • 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)
  • 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Carey Mulligan) [18]
  • 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Bill Nighy) [19]
  • 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Matthew Beard) [20]
  • 2015 Olivier Award for Best Revival[21]


  • Hare, David (1994). Skylight (First ed.). London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 0-571-17612-7. 
  1. ^ Rosenthal, Daniel. "David Hare" The National Theatre Story (, Oberon Books, 2013, ISBN 1849439435, pp.dxxvi-dxxix
  2. ^ a b c Hare, David. Script Skylight (, Faber & Faber, 2013 (no page numbers)
  3. ^ a b " 'Skylight' Listing, 1996", accessed 30 March 2015
  4. ^ "Theatre News", 23 May 1997
  5. ^ " 'Skylight' at Vaudeville", accessed 30 March 2015
  6. ^ a b c "Olivier Awards, 1996", accessed 30 March 2015
  7. ^ a b " 'Skylight' review – Hare revival is a Thatcherite play for today" The Observer, 22 June 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Broadway-Bound 'Skylight', with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, Hits U.S. Cinemas Tonight", October 23, 2014
  9. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Passion Reignites in Broadway's 'Skylight', With Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, Opening Tonight", 2 April 2015
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. "69th Annual Tony Awards Nominations Announced!", April 28, 2015
  11. ^ "Reviews, Press & News - SKYLIGHT in Toronto // SkylightTO". SkylightTO. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Stage". Canadian Stage Website. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  13. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  14. ^ "Home: TheatreCalgary". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  15. ^ "Skylight: TheatreCalgary". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  16. ^ "Valerie Planche". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  17. ^ "Theatre World Award", accessed 31 March 2015
  18. ^ Staff, Variety (2015-04-28). "Tony Nominations 2015: Full List". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  19. ^ Staff, Variety (2015-04-28). "Tony Nominations 2015: Full List". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  20. ^ Staff, Variety (2015-04-28). "Tony Nominations 2015: Full List". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  21. ^ "Olivier Awards, 2015", accessed 30 March 2015

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