The Starry Messenger
The Starry Messenger

The Starry Messenger Tickets

Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern star in the West End production of The Starry Messenger, written by Manchester by the Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan. It will run at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16th May 2019, with tickets available now.

The play centres around an astronomy teacher whose life is spiralling away from him: the planetarium he works at is under threat, his marriage is on the rocks, and he’s mourning the recent loss of his father. Though things begin to change when he meets a trainee nurse called Angela.

The Starry Messenger is at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16th May, with tickets available now.

Matthew Broderick will make his West End debut when reprises the role of Mark after he starred in the play at the off-Broadway venue Theatre Row in 2009. His other stage credits include his Tony Award-winning roles in the play Brighton Beach Memoirs and the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, as well as his role in Mel Brooks’ hit Broadway musical The Producers.

He will be joined in the production by Elizabeth McGovern, who has appeared on stage in London in The Misanthrope at the Young Vic, Dinner With Friends at the Hampstead, and Hurlyburly and Complicit at The Old Vic. Her screen credits include the 1981 film Ragtime, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, Once Upon a Time and The Favour.

Writer Kenneth Lonergan’s previous stage plays include the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Waverly Gallery, 1996 play This is Our Youth, and Lobby Hero, which was nominated for the Olivier Award for best play following its run at the Donmar Warehouse.

Sam Yates directs the play. His recent London credits include Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater at the Playhouse TheatreThe Phlebotomist at the Hampstead Theatre and Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre.

This show has now closed. See our list of theatre tickets for shows currently on sale.

The Starry Messenger running time: 
2 hours 50 minutes
15 images
Kenneth Longeran
Sam Yates
Cast list:
Matthew Broderick, Elizabeth McGovern, Helen Barford, Edward Wolstenholme, Jim Norton, Rosalind Eleazar, Joplin Sibtain, Jenny Galloway, Sinead Matthews, Sid Sagar, Greg Baxter, Kerry Bennett

Wyndham's Theatre

32-36 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

The Starry Messenger Customer reviews

Our The Starry Messenger Review

It seems strange to be applying a star rating to a play that is all about stars: meeting a story about the infinite universe with a finite rating. But then that is also what Kenneth Lonergan's tenderly perceptive play about our own tiny part in the universe revolves around: how do we try to understand something that is so far beyond us, and how do we make sense of our own lives?

Latest The Starry Messenger News & Features

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'Kenneth Lonergan weaves large ideas into everyday life': The Starry Messenger cast and director Sam Yates
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The presence of Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer Kenneth Lonergan returns to the West End with The Starry Messenger, soon to open at the Wyndham's Theatre. Matthew Broderick will make his West End debut in the production as Mark, alongside Elizabeth McGovern in a production directed by Sam Yates, recently directing The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre.

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Matthew Broderick to make West End debut in The Starry Messenger
Friday, January 18, 2019

Actor Matthew Broderick is set to star in a new production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham’s Theatre later this spring. Taking inspiration from Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, The Starry Messenger is set in New York in 1995 where an astronomy teacher is in the midst of a mid-life crisis – the planetarium he lectures at is about to close, his marriage is on the rocks and he’s mourning the recent loss of his father. But there could be a glimmer of hope, when he meets a trainee nurse, Angela. Credit: David Shankbone (flickr) used underCC BY 2.0

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