I’ve just updated the gallery with some stills and posters from Carey’s current theatre production Skylight – who has tickets for this? I’m off next weekend, I can’t wait to see it!
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.
The first official still of Carey Mulligan (with co-stars Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter) from Suffragette has been released online today, along with the official plot synopsis:
Suffragette is a thrilling drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
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.”
I have just uploaded 237 beautiful Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Carey from her small role as Jean from her 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis. Check them out:
Film Productions > Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) > Screen Captures (Blu-Ray)
On Sunday night, Carey’s 2013 film The Great Gatsby was awarded two awards at the 86th Academy Awards, for Best Achievement in Costume Design (Catherine Martin) and Best Achievement in Production Design (Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn).
The Great Gatsby triumphed over fellow nominees American Hustle, The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman and Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave for Best Costume Design, turning Martin into the most successful Australian in Oscars history.
Martin spoke to ABC before the ceremony and praised the nominations for The Great Gatsby team: “Along with the AACTA awards, it marks a great shift, I think, for our industry in recognising that we can make any story in [Australia].” Catherine Martin now has four Oscars after previously winning for her work on Moulin Rouge!, also directed by her husband Baz Luhrmann.
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.
The Daily Mail reports that Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy have signed on to star as former lovers in Stephen Daldry’s upcoming West End revival of David Hare’s Skylight. The production will begin performances June 6 at Wyndham’s Theatre. This will be Mulligan’s West End debut.
Hare saw Mulligan onstage in The Seagull — “She’s incredible on stage,” he told the Mail — and thought she would do well as Kyra Hollis.
Kyra is a teacher in London who is reunited with her ex, a restaurateur called Tom Sergeant (Nighy). The pair soon discovers they now disagree on everything from politics to sex.
Nighy has played Tom in a previous revival and told the Mail that his decision to appear in the play again “is an odd thing”. But he described Skylight as “funny, accessible and romantic”.
Also in the cast will be Matthew Beard, who appeared opposite Mulligan in the movie An Education, as Tom’s son.
Tickets are available online now – I’ve already ordered mine!