Tony winner Matthew Broderick is set to make his West End debut in a production of Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger. Broderick returns to the role having first played it in the play's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere at Theatre Row in 2009.
The Starry Messenger is set to begin performances May 16 at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London, where it will play a 13-week limited engagement. Sam Yates (Glengarry Glen Ross) will direct with Elizabeth McGovern (Time and the Conways) also set to star. Further casting will be announced.
The Starry Messenger is the story of an astronomer who feels a closer connection to the infinite, starry sky than to his job or his wife, Anne. Though he doesn't believe in fate, a chance meeting with a single mother forces him to reevaluate his life, his faith, and his place in the universe itself.
Lonergan's other plays include The Waverly Gallery, currently being revived on Broadway, and Lobby Hero, which was seen on Broadway last season. He is the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea.
The Starry Messenger is produced in London by Simon Friend, Act Productions, Gavin Kalin and Howard Panter.