The Broadway revival of David Hare's Skylight––starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard who all re-created their acclaimed London performances––set a new house record at the Golden Theatre, grossing $927,539.38 for the week ending June 21, the final week of the production’s limited engagement run. The show was sold out clean for the entire week, and closed Sunday night, June 21, as scheduled.
It breaks the house record set this past October by the revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, which grossed $884,596 during its first week of previews.
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, An Inspector Calls), the West End import began performances March 13 and opened its 13-week limited engagement April 2.
The production earned the Tony Award for Best Revival of the Play. Each of the play's stars were Tony-nominated for their work. The play recouped its investment in late May.
The show was produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Robert Fox, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Roy Furman, Jon B. Platt, The Shubert Organization, Stephanie B. McClelland, Catherine Adler, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Heni Koenigsberg, Spring Sirkin, Stuart Thompson, True Love Productions, The Araca Group, Carlos Arana and David Mirvish. Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson were Executive Producers. Here's how it's billed: "On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires."
The production played to sold-out houses when it opened in the West End in June 2014. National Theatre Live broadcast the production Oct. 23, 2014.
Theatregoers will note that the Playbill for Skylight features a unique look especially for this production.
Mulligan appeared in The Seagull both on Broadway and in London (at the Royal Court Theatre) and Off-Broadway in Through a Glass Darkly at the New York Theatre Workshop. Nighy starred on Broadway in Hare's The Vertical Hour and at London's National Theatre in Hare's Pravda and A Map of the World.
Beard made his stage debut in the West End production of Skylight.
Hare's Skylight premiered at the National Theatre in London in 1995 before playing engagements in the West End and on Broadway the following year. Skylight is Hare's 11th Broadway production. His other works include Slag, The Great Exhibition, Brassneck (with Howard Brenton), Knuckle, Fanshen, Teeth 'n' Smiles, Plenty, A Map of the World, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Bay at Nice, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War, Amy's View, The Blue Room (from Schnitzler), The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath of Life, The Permanent Way, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsemane, Berlin Wall, The Power of Yes and South Downs.
The John Golden Theatre is located at 252 West 45th Street. Tickets are available at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.