Faber & Faber first edition
|Written by||David Hare|
|Place premiered||Cottesloe Theatre
|Subject||Matters of life, love and circumstance between an older man and a younger woman|
|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.
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.
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. The play was broadcast live (or near-live) to cinema audiences via NT Live on 17 July 2014. This production transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on 16 March 2015. The production officially opened on 2 April in a limited engagement to 21 June. The play was nominated for seven 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play.
- Tom Sergeant
- Kyra Hollis
- Edward Sergeant
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
- 1996 Olivier Award for Play of the Year
- 1997 Theatre World Special Award for Outstanding Debut Ensemble (Michael Gambon, Lia Williams and Christian Camargo)
- 1996 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)
- 2015 Olivier Award for Best Revival
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