After Bill Nighy saw David Hare’s play “Skylight” in 1995, he telephoned the playwright to tell him he had never had a better night in the theater. “I was exhilarated,” Mr. Nighy recalled. “It was everything I loved and admired, and I picked up the phone and said, ‘David! I’ve just seen “Skylark.’ ”
Mr. Nighy, tall, elegant and handsomely grizzled, gave the kind of patent-worthy self-deprecatory grimace that will be familiar to fans of his films “Love Actually” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “So that went well,” he said.
Mr. Hare evidently didn’t hold the slip of the tongue against him. Twenty years later, Mr. Nighy, 65, is playing Tom Sergeant, the lead male role in “Skylight,” for the third time in 18 years, in a production directed by Stephen Daldry that will begin a 13-week Broadway run at the John Golden Theater on March 13.
There, as in London last summer, when the play sold out for its entire run and attracted a record number of viewers to a live broadcast, he will act opposite Carey Mulligan, who plays Kyra Hollis, the young woman with whom Tom had a six-year affair that ended three years before the play begins.
Ms. Mulligan, 29, drew acclaim for her portrayal of Nina in Ian Rickson’s 2007 production of “The Seagull,” which reached Broadway the next year. Ms. Mulligan, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, “may well turn out to be one of the great actresses of the 21st century.”
She has certainly turned out to be one of the busiest, largely working in film since earning a 2010 Oscar nomination for playing a teenager who has an affair with an older man in “An Education,” and starring as Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 “The Great Gatsby,” among other roles.
Ms. Mulligan laughed heartily at Mr. Nighy’s “Skylark” story. “I’ve never heard that before,” she said delightedly.
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