"Star quality shows in this entertaining life lesson."
-The Times-

""well-observed and humane.""

""wryly observant.""
-The Guardian-

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About the show

Broadway and movie icon Matthew Broderick stars in The Starry Messenger at Wyndham's Theatre, marking his West End debut. He is joined onstage by Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern. The play was written by Kenneth Lonergan, who was inspired by Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, and tells the tale of a man finding his place in the universe. Directed by Sam Yates and produced by Simon Friend, it plays at Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited 13-week season from 16 May 2019.

It's 1996, New York, and Mark Williams is an astronomy teacher at the Planetarium. Unfulfilled by his job and marriage, he's on the cusp of a midlife crisis. A chance meeting with trainee nurse and single mother Angela marks a change in his fortunes, but then out of nowhere, catastrophe strikes. Suddenly, Mark must re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about the universe around him and his place within it.

Matthew Broderick plays the role of Mark, which he also performed in 2009 when the play enjoyed an off-Broadway season. Broderick is probably best know as the titular Ferris from the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but his prestigious career spans theatre, television and film. The American singer and actor has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and also the American Theater Hall of Fame. He has been awarded two Tony Awards, among other accolades.

Elizabeth McGovern is a star of film, television and theatre, but is perhaps best known in the UK for her role as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She counts myriad prestigious award nominations to her name.

They are joined by Jim Norton, Rosalind Eleazar, Jenny Galloway, Sinead Matthews, Sid Sagar and Joplin Sibtain.

Kenneth Lonergan is the Academy Award-winning writer of the 2016 film Manchester by the Sea. His resume covers theatre, film and television. He was the co-writer of the 2002 film Gangs of New York and has been acknowledged with a plethora of accolades, including a BAFTA and Golden Globe.

Director Sam Yates is also a multi-award winner. His previous directorial credits include The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre as well as Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre.

The Starry Messenger is a bittersweet tale of hope, love and humanity that will capture hearts. Go all starry-eyed when it arrives at London's Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 May to 10 August 2019.

Who Should See It?

Fans of the works of writer Kenneth Lonergan will find him at his bittersweet best here. The play is also a fantastic chance to see the legendary Matthew Broderick make his first West End appearance.

Playing at

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
Seating Plan

Wyndham's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

16th May 2019

20th Feb 2020

10th Aug 2019

Running time

2 hours 30 mins (including interval)


Recommended 12+