The Starry Messenger at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
The Starry Messenger at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)
Opened: 16 May 2019
Press night: 29 May 2019
Booking from: 09 Aug 2019
Booking until: 10 Aug 2019

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

107 Reviews Add review

This is a gentle comedy about a disillusioned academic dealing with his mid life crisis (forthcoming closure of his workplace, unfulfilled... More

andysadler 5'9", 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

emilydiver 5"0, 283 reviews, 15 helpful votes

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

battlin 26 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

hannahcharlton 5'8, 9 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

markh25 27 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

rachelgreene 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Loved the show. Interesting script, well-written dialogue, real characters and situations. Acting uniformly excellent with small... More

maryw3 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Good show, but very long, and noticeably so.

Tash11e 6'0", 33 reviews, 0 helpful votes

In The Starry Messenger, 52-year-old Mark finds he is sick of everything: feeling that his teaching job does not contribute to the... More

MrMHurst 5"9', 30 reviews, 14 helpful votes