In the vastness of the universe are we all just lonely souls under the same night sky?
Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut in The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan, Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester-By-The-Sea.
Mark Williams is lost. An astronomer at New York City’s Planetarium, he feels a closer connection to the infinite, starry sky than to his job or even to his wife, Anne. Mark doesn’t believe in fate or divine intervention, but the universe has other ideas.
After a chance meeting with Angela, a young single mother, the stars appear to have aligned. But when a catastrophic event rips through their lives, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe itself.
Starring Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mel Brooks’ The Producers), and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey, The Handmaid’s Tale), this bittersweet, comic drama is an unblinking exploration of love, hope and understanding our place in the universe, by one of the most celebrated writers working today.
It doesn't quite hit the heights, but it does – like the Planetarium in which it is set – offer a glimpse of them
If the emotional contours of the play are immensely affecting, the specifics give pause for thought
Matthew Broderick is good as a jaded academic in Kenneth Lonergan’s rambling drama
Star quality shows in this entertaining life lesson
Matthew Broderick brings quizzical humour to languid play
Lonergan's leisurely paced, surprisingly humorous play twists away from every expectation
Understated beauty, profound moments and great performances light up an uneven play from Manchester by the Sea writer Kenneth Lonergan
Lonergan writes a cryptically subdued play that combines the big cosmic questions with the random banalities of life
A long comic drama in need of more pulse
Kenneth Lonergan’s tale of astronomy and midlife misery makes fine use of an A-list cast but never truly explodes into life