a drama by David Hare

Directed by Dorothy Spencer


Director's notes

Skylight premiered at the National Theatre in 1995 and then went on to become one of the most internationally successful plays of recent years.

In1996, David Hare was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. The following year, 1997, Skylight won the Theatre World Special Award for Ensemble Performance as well as receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.

It is one of David Hare's personal relationship dramas where the passion of the two key players is ignited by their long-standing differences.

The story unfolds in the present, in a flat in one of London's less desirable districts. Tom is a successful restaurateur. Kyra is his former mistress, (not to mention business associate, baby sitter and family friend), turned teacher in a school filled with many deprived students. Their bond has been severed for three years when Tom, now a widower, comes back into her life.

Sir David Hare

Sir David Hare is the author of over 60 plays, most of which have enjoyed West End and International success.
His early play, Teeth 'n' Smiles, about a Cambridge May Ball, audaciously linked rock band and serious play, while giving Helen Mirren a memorable part. His first successful play, the award winning, Slag, is superficially about teachers, but in fact reflects Hare's view of how institutions shape people.

Hare has never been afraid to take on the establishment. Indeed, he commented"Although there has been a considerable body of films and plays about the economic results of Thatcherism, there has been almost nothing of the consequences about the characteristics and personalities of those who ruled over us in the 1990s".

Many of David Hare's plays have been made into successful films. He earned a Bafta Award for Licking Hitler and an Olivier award for Racing Demon.

His career has spanned four decades and he has produced some of the most important plays in the dramatic canon - Racing Demon, The Blue Room, Plenty and Amy's View to name but four.