The Starry Messenger

The Starry Messenger


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.

‘Broderick is one of Hollywood’s nice guys and does a low-status star turn as a middle-aged astronomer in a new play by Kenneth Lonergan – author of the film script for Manchester By The Sea.’
Daily Mail

‘Star quality shows in this entertaining life lesson’
The Times

Full of warmth and wry laughter’
Evening Standard

‘A faultless cast, brilliantly led by Matthew Broderick to create something truly special’
Graham Norton

‘Matthew Broderick excels in this laugh-out-loud funny play’
The Independent

‘A marvellous play’
– Newsday

‘Moving and beautifully written’
– New York Post

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

– 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

Sam Yates – Director
Chiara Stephenson – Designer
Neil Austin – Lighting Designer
Alex Baranowski – Sound Designer & Composer
Luke Halls – Projection Designer