Everything you need to know about The Starry Messenger

By | Posted on 18-Jan-2019

Everything you need to know about The Starry Messenger

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Opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2019, The Starry Messenger will be performed in the West End from 16th May. Written by the award-winning Kenneth Lonergan whose works include Manchester By the Sea, the play crosses the pond after a 2009 run at the Acorn Theatre in New York.

A complete guide to The Starry Messenger

What’s the synopsis?

The Starry Messenger

Mark Williams is a middle-aged astronomer working at a planetarium in New York City. Feeling closer to the stars than real life, he doesn’t believe in fate. But, when he’s walking around the streets of New York after his job is suddenly put in jeopardy. Soon after, he bumps into Angela, a young single mother who begins to change his entire world. But when a catastrophic event rips through their lives, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his place in the universe itself.

Who starred in The Starry Messenger?

Matthew Broderick made his West End debut in The Starry Messenger, reprising his performance as Mark Williams in New York. Currently, Broderick is the youngest ever recipient of the Tony Award for best actor in a play, receiving the accolade at 21 years old for his performance in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Over his career, he has starred as the title role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Leo Bloom in the 2001 Broadway revival of The Producers as well as the 2012 Broadway premiere of Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Elizabeth McGovern starred in the production. No stranger to the West End, McGovern has performed in many London theatres, including Complicit at the Old Vic and Dinner With Friends at the Hampstead Theatre. Her most recent stage role was in 2018, performing in God of Carnage at the Theatre Royal in Bath. She has also starred in Downton Abbey as Cora Crawley, Countess of Graham.

What did critics say about the production?

The Starry Messenger

“Lonergan writes a cryptically subdued play that combines the big cosmic questions with the random banalities of life.”
Mark Shenton

“Broderick, who has a look of ageing boyishness, invests Mark with the right sense of troubled quietude and dry humour.”
Michael Billington
The Guardian

“For the most part, however, this is a lush bit of writing, a dialogue between rationality and faith.”
Tim Bano
The Stage