The Starry Messenger

by Kenneth Lonergan

Wyndham’s Theatre, May – August 2019



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, Mark feels starry-eyed. 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 AbbeyThe 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.


★★★★  “A comic drama about life, the universe and everything” The Times

★★★★ “Laugh-out-loud funny” The Independent

★★★★  Daily Mail

“Matthew Broderick is wonderful” Time Out

“Matthew Broderick is a shining star” Mail on Sunday

“A beautifully written play about human relationships” BBC Radio 4



‘A marvellous play’ – Newsday


‘Moving and beautifully written’ – New York Post


‘An intimacy that reverberates across the night sky’ – Variety


‘Breathtaking’ – Time Out


‘The Starry Messenger establishes Mr. Lonergan as a possessor of all the crucial parts of a good dramatist’s anatomy: a critical mind, an empathetic heart and a musical ear that hears whole lives in sentences.’ – New York Times



Matthew Broderick

Elizabeth McGovern

Jim Norton

Rosalind Eleazar

Sinead Matthews

Joplin Sibtain

Jenny Matthews

Sid Sagar




Sam Yates – Director

Chiara Stephenson – Designer

Neil Austin – Lighting Designer

Alex Baranowski – Sound Designer & Composer

Luke Halls – Projection Designer

Ginny Schiller CDG – Casting Director