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? Read more
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 Theatre, The Phlebotomist at the Hampstead Theatre and Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre.