Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan earn 4 & 5 stars in Skylight

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan earn 4 & 5 stars in Skylight

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    The much anticipated revival of David Hare’s Olivier Award winning play SKYLIGHT has received four and five star reviews, not least for its two stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan.

    The Guardian's Michael Billington gave SKYLIGHT five stars, noting the play “seems to have got richer since its premiere in 1995. It is not just because Stephen Daldry's revival is beautifully acted by Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard.”

    “Hare's play hits you straight between the eyes with its mixture of private pain and public rage at our profoundly polarised society.”

    With another five stars, Henry Hitchings of the Evening Standard said SKYLIGHT has “plenty of guts and heart” and “packs real emotional punch.”

    “Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan are superb… Nighy has a prowling intensity, managing to inject a note of swagger into even the tiniest gesture. And Mulligan, making her West End debut, has a lovely poise as she conveys a mix of elegant composure and wounded pride.”

    “Nighy is a study in nimble charisma, relishing Hare’s diatribes about the charlatans who clog up the modern world, and Mulligan is admirably measured — yet erupts startlingly during the play’s most explosive moment.”

    The Telegraph's Charles Spencer also gave this “knockout production” another five stars, praising Nighy’s “extraordinary powerful presence” and Mulligan’s “stillness and an almost feline sense of self possession.” The pair “beautifully capture both the hurt and anger of lost love, and sudden piercing moments of enduring tenderness.”

    With “strong support too from Matthew Beard… there is a bruising emotional truth in the writing, and a zinging, stinging mixture of wit and anger.”

    With four stars, Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail praised Bill Nighy as “astonishing, unbalancing, unforgettable… a joy to watch – and he and Miss Mulligan have more chemistry than the labs at AstraZeneca. It makes for mesmerising spectacle.  The partnership of these two stars by director Stephen Daldry was an inspired choice.”

    The Independent's Paul Taylor gave this “splendid revival” four stars, praising Mulligan’s “performance of extraordinarily contained power – stretching from wry self-possession to disciplined fury.”

    “David Hare's domestic epic dazzles anew,” declared Matt Wolf’s four star review in The Arts Desk. “Hare's writing deftly weaves the personal and the political to tell of Kyra Hollis (Mulligan), an idealistic teacher at a tough East Ham school, who is visited one wintry evening in her Kensal Rise flat by Tom Sergeant (Nighy).”

    “It's to Hare's credit, too, that your allegiances towards the central pair keep shifting. Tom may be the self-made magnate as sardonic quipster who lets fly with the wit but it's Kyra whose deeply personal state-of-the-nation address prompts spontaneous applause.”

    Dominic Maxwell of The Times also gave four stars, admiring Nighy as “a case study in charisma”… the to and fro between [him and Mulligan] has a wit, venom and the psychological acuity that makes Stephen Daldry’s production something to savour.”

    At Wyndhams Theatre until Saturday 23 August, book your SKYLIGHT tickets today!