Skylight at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to welcome The Theatre Chipping Norton with their new production of David Hare’s contemporary drama, Skylight. One of the great intimate plays of passionate ideas and complex love – delicate, hilarious and thought provoking (Tue 1 – Thu 3 Oct).

Schoolteacher Kyra receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom, a charismatic self-made restaurant tycoon. Supper bubbles on the stove, a cheap electric heater tries to dispel the cold of a London winter’s night and flickers of their former passion rekindle. As they fall into a battle of opposing politics and mutual desire, is the gap between them too great to be bridged?

Skylight has been a stage hit since its original production at the National Theatre in 1995, since then it has transferred to the West End and Broadway, won an Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for best foreign play. It remains the most produced of David Hare’s prolific work. Actors that have performed in previous productions include Michael Gambon, Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Lia Williams.

The Director, John Terry, said: Skylight is one of the great modern chamber plays – a unique and very watchable mixture of politics and love. With just a cast of three it bounces restlessly between being both tender and intimate, and boldly, excitingly political. On the one hand it is a personal and incredibly funny account of two people with huge differences of outlook who still love each other. On the other hand, it is a big play of ideas that talks about the views and ethics that unite us or divide us, and in particular about how the worlds of business and left-wing liberalism meet and conflict. Skylight explores our striving and valiant failures to see life through other people’s eyes, it will make you laugh and make you think.”

Skylight has four performances at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Tue 1 – Thu 3 Oct. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at www.theatreroyal.org/shows/skylight/ or visit the theatre in person.