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Broadway and big-screen icon Matthew Broderick delivers his West End debut by way of a starring role in the play The Starry Messenger. He is joined by Downton Abbey star and Broadway veteran Elizabeth McGovern. Penned by Kenneth Lonergan and inspired by Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, the play is an examination of grand narratives such as the stars, fate and the universe and also, much closer to home, of love. It is directed by Sam Yates and produced by Simon Friend, and runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 May 2019.

Mark Williams is an astronomer working at the New York City Planetarium. Unfulfilled by his job and growing distant from his wife, Anne, Mark harbours a warmer affection for the cosmos than for anything closer to hand. A firm non-believer in anything related to fate or divine intervention, Mark is about to have cause to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew. A chance meeting brings single mother and trainee nurse Angela into his life, and soon afterwards a catastrophe hits them like a thunderbolt. Suddenly, Mark’s place in the universe seems in dire need of reassessment.

Matthew Broderick plays Mark, reprising the role which he first performed in the 2009 off-Broadway iteration of the play. Broderick has been a household name since his legendary turn as Ferris in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The American actor and singer has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the American Theater Hall of Fame and counts two Tony Awards to his name.

Elizabeth McGovern has starred on the television, cinema and theatre and will be best known to some for her role as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She has earned a swathe of prestigious award nominations in her time.

Joining them are Jim Norton, Rosalind Eleazar, Jenny Galloway, Sinead Matthews, Joplin Sibtain and Sid Sagar.

Kenneth Lonergan is the celebrated Academy Award-winning writer of the devastating 2016 film Manchester by the Sea. His impressive resume spans theatre, film and television, and also includes having co-written the 2002 Gangs of New York.

Director Sam Yates's previous credits include The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre.

A bittersweet comedy drama, The Starry Messenger sends out an expression of hope and love that will surely prove irresistible to its West End audience. Capture a little stardust when it arrives at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 May to 10 August 2019.

Performance dates: 09 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019

Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)

Age recommendation: Recommended 12+

Special notice: Fans of Matthew Broderick shouldn’t miss this chance to see the legendary actor live onstage. Those who appreciated Lonergan’s other works, such as Manchester by the Sea, will find the writer at his empathic best here.

Sorry this show closed 10 August 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

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Latest audience reviews

This is a gentle comedy about a disillusioned academic dealing with his mid life crisis (forthcoming... More

andysadler 14 Jun 2019

This is a gentle comedy about a disillusioned academic dealing with his mid life crisis (forthcoming closure of his workplace, unfulfilled ambitions, unexciting marriage, crazy students etc) by starting an unanticipated affair with a single mother who has issues of her own at home and work. It might not sound as though this would be the basis for an entertaining night out, but it is cleverly written, brilliantly performed by a truly talented cast and well worth a visit.

andysadler 14 Jun 2019

The acting in this show was absolutely phenomenal, especially from Matthew Broderick who played the insular... More

emilygami Top 50 reviewer01 Jun 2019

The acting in this show was absolutely phenomenal, especially from Matthew Broderick who played the insular and boring professor to absolute perfection. It was also very funny and well written. However, the second half did start to drag as they simply tried to fit too may different small stories into it. Whilst the themes they dealt with were interesting, they were only explored at surface level, and the ending was hugely disappointing.

emilygami Top 50 reviewer01 Jun 2019

Loved the play. Great understated performance from Matthew Broderick with contrasting and excellent rappour... More

battlin 29 May 2019

Loved the play. Great understated performance from Matthew Broderick with contrasting and excellent rappour with his fellow teacher Joplin Sibtain. Loved the relationships between characters. Rosalind Eleazar was convincing as Matthew's young lover. Interesting thought provoking and funny play.

battlin 29 May 2019

An interesting show, which we enjoyed but found went on for rather a lot longer than we expected. The... More

hannahcharlton 07 Aug 2019

An interesting show, which we enjoyed but found went on for rather a lot longer than we expected. The performances were very good, with a lot of laughs although it felt a little slow at times, particularly towards the end.

hannahcharlton 07 Aug 2019

This was a strange thing, this play, so understated and laidback almost to the point of being horizontal,... More

markh25 19 Jun 2019

This was a strange thing, this play, so understated and laidback almost to the point of being horizontal, and with humour so dry you could mix it with gin and have a really dry G&T. (I hope that metaphor works; I know very little about gin.) But once you got used to the rhythm it was very, very funny, and it gave hope to those of us who are middle-aged astronomy geeks - and then bang, you're hit by the twist, about which I'll say no more, and you feel numb along with the characters for a good half hour. When it happened there was a gasp from the audience. And then there was a kind of ambiguous ending which implied there's still hope for the space geeks amongst us. Catch this while you can.

markh25 19 Jun 2019

Gentle story of life’s disappointments and of not quite being where you hoped to be in your career or... More

rachelgreene Top 100 reviewer09 Jun 2019

Gentle story of life’s disappointments and of not quite being where you hoped to be in your career or indeed family life (although the life that is depicted seems pretty good to me). The show is very funny & laden with dry humour. Wonderful performances by the entire cast - Matthew Broderick is a Hollywood star & truly doesn’t disappoint, he is outstanding!

rachelgreene Top 100 reviewer09 Jun 2019
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