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Breaking Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office records for the highest grossing show, Stephen Daldry’s production of David Hare’s Skylight has “recouped within five weeks of its opening”.

Skylight, which opened at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 18th June 2014, stars Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant, Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis and Matthew Beard as Edward Sergeant. Hare’s Olivier award-winning play, which runs until 23rd August 2014 in a strictly limited season, has designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.

This Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 7pm, there will be a National Theatre Live performance of Skylight. NT Live is the National Theatre’s innovative project to broadcast the best of British Theatre live from the stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

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David Hare’s Skylight opened at the National Theatre on May 4 1995. Directed by Richard Eyre, it starred Michael Gambon, Lia Williams and Daniel Betts – and was instantly acclaimed as a masterpiece, winning the Olivier for best new play for that year. A West End production, in which Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet took over the leading roles, ran in the West End the following year, but it has not been seen since.

In this revival, directed by Stephen Daldry, Nighy returns to the part of Tom Sergeant, a rich restaurateur who seeks out his former lover, now a teacher, living in East London. She is played by Carey Mulligan, and Sergeant’s son Edward by Matthew Beard. The conversations between the trio, in particular the great debate between Tom and Kyra in which their love for each other is tested by their different views of the world, make Skylight riveting drama.

Sarah Crompton: You’ve done this play before, so how does it feel coming back to it?

Bill Nighy: Well, apparently I’ve done it before. I have fond memories of the people involved. I have no memory, any at all, of actually performing the play, no recall in terms of the lines. I can’t tell you any line from any play I’ve ever done. I quoted David Hare one of his lines the other day to illuminate whatever point we were trying to make in the conversation, and I said ‘What play was that?’ and he said ‘It was your line, you said it about a hundred and fifty times in The Vertical Hour.’

SC: Carey, you have never seen it?

Carey Mulligan: No, because it was quite a long time ago. Stephen Daldry mentioned it to me almost two years ago, but I didn’t know anything about the play. So I prayed, as I started reading it, come on, be good. And it was beyond good, so I was thrilled.

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On behalf of the site and the fans, I would like to wish Carey a very happy 29th birthday today. I hope she has a fantastic day with her loved ones, and we all look forward to seeing her film projects in the upcoming year.

Happy Birthday Carey!

Carey Mulligan returned to theatre because of the lack of brilliant female roles in film.

The 28-year-old actress is returning to London’s West End after a seven-year hiatus to star alongside Bill Nighy in a revival of playwright David Hare’s ‘Skylight‘ and she admits it’s because she couldn’t pass up the chance to take on the lead.

She said: ”There are so few brilliantly written female characters out there and she’s such a great opportunity.”

Since her last theatre appearance in ‘The Seagull‘ in 2007, the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘ actress has won numerous awards for her roles in films such as ‘An Education‘ and ‘Never Let Me Go‘, but she’s confessed the storyline of ‘Skylight‘ persuaded her to return to the stage.

She explained: ”I was drawn to the intimacy of it, and how it was so focused on one conversation and how two people who have history both see the same event.

”The challenge of filling that stage for one and a half hours, going head to head with one actor and of having to find new experiences with the same material night after night and figure out more stuff about it. It’s very exciting.”

However, as Mulligan has also been busy working on her new film ‘Suffragette‘ alongside Meryl Streep, she’s confessed she hasn’t had time to stress over her return to the stage.

She added to Britain’s Vogue magazine: ”I’ve been so wrapped up in the film I haven’t really thought about ‘Skylight‘, which is probably a good thing because I haven’t been worrying about it.”

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Meryl Streep is in final negotiations to take on the role of iconic political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the drama Suffragette.

The Ruby Films project, which also stars Carey Mulligan, will start shooting in the U.K. on Monday.

Mulligan plays a young foot soldier of the early feminist movement who is radicalized and turns to violence after seeing peaceful protests achieve nothing.

Streep has a smaller but important role in the film. Sarah Gavron is directing the pic from a script by Abi Morgan, who worked with Steep on The Iron Lady.

Pankhurst was the leader of the British suffragette movement who founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the early 1900s.

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Late last September, Carey Mulligan stood on the stage at the Town Hall in New York surrounded by some of the most famous musicians in the world—including her husband, Marcus Mumford, of Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, and Joan Baez—and she looked as if she might faint. “I was terrified to sing in that company,” Mulligan recalled two months later, still sounding shaky and awestruck. She was on her way to the airport in Los Angeles, about to return home to London, where she had recently filmed Far From the Madding Crowd, an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel. The film represents a return to Mulligan’s British roots: In 2013, she played the iconic American character Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, as well as Jean Berkey, a complex American folksinger in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis. “I wasn’t sure I could do the part,” Mulligan said of the latter. “I was so immersed in the fantasy world of Daisy. I finished Gatsby on a Friday afternoon, and by the weekend I was in a long wig filming Llewyn Davis in Washington Square Park.” Mulligan appreciated being able to stomp around in a trenchcoat after all the Gatsby gowns and jewels. “As Jean, I was swearing like a trooper, and the Coens would be saying, ‘More, more—make her even harsher!’?” she said, laughing. “There was never a conversation about trying to make any of the characters in Llewyn Davis likable.”

Based loosely on the autobiography of Dave Van Ronk, the film centers on an uncompromising folksinger who would rather self–destruct than sell out. Oscar Isaac, in the title role of Davis, is at once maddening and captivating. Berkey, his sometime lover and a singer herself, is envious of and angered by his artistic purity of intent. Like pretty much every Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of a beautiful American loser.

“My biggest concern was the singing,” Mulligan continued. “I was a wreck. But when T Bone Burnett [the musical producer for the film] asked me to sing 500 Miles at Town Hall, I couldn’t say no. Every time I did the song, I’d fuck it up. T Bone told me, ‘Whiskey helps.’ I hadn’t had a drink in a month, but after three sips, I was so up for singing.”

In fact, Mulligan sang beautifully at the Town Hall that night (and also in the movie) as part of Another Day, Another Time, a concert benefiting the National Recording Preservation Foundation. “The community of musicians is so enviable,” she recalled. “They walk into a room and they are immediately friends because they all play music. Actors don’t have that easy rapport—we can walk into a room and start improvising, but nobody wants that.”

When she was young, growing up in hotels all over Europe where her father worked as a manager, Mulligan, 28, often took the male roles in the all-girl schools she attended. “The men had better parts,” she told me. “The girl parts were always a bit lame.” In her professional career, she has made a point of not accepting roles as the woman in the shadow of the leading man. “I rather like being brutal in movies. I never thought it would be very interesting to play someone uncomplicated. I find if I’m not scared, then I’m probably not right for the role.”

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Carey has appeared on Total Film’s list of the 50 Most Exciting Actors of 2014, and here’s what they had to say:

#50 Carey Mulligan

The Exciting Actor: Carey Mulligan made everybody pay attention with her surprisingly mature turn in An Education.

Though her movie choices have been hit and miss in the years since then, there’s no denying she’s a talent to keep tabs on, especially in 2014.

Why 2014 Could Be Their Year: The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis has garnered much attention on the festival circuit, with Mulligan singled out for her performance, while Far From The Madding Crowd promises drama by the bucket-load.

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Carey is set to cover Dazed & Confused‘s January issue, themed ‘The Modern Myths’ issue. Check out the gorgeous cover below, along with a few shots from the photoshoot and a behind the scenes video:

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Photoshoots & Portraits > 2013 > Set 004

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