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The Starry Messenger cast and director on the play

Kenneth Lonergan's new play arrives at Wyndham's Theatre later this month.

The Starry Messenger, written by the celebrated writer of Oscar-winning film Manchester by the Sea, tells the story of Mark Williams – an astronomer at New York City’s Planetarium – who 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.

Then, a catastrophic event rips through their lives and Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe itself. Ultimately asking the question, in this vastness, are we all just lonely souls under the same night sky?

A bittersweet, comic drama, The Starry Messenger is an unblinking exploration of love, hope and understanding our place in the universe by one of the most celebrated writers working today.

Acclaimed Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will make his West End debut in The Starry Messenger later this month.

He stars alongside Elizabeth McGovern – known to millions for her portrayal of Lady Cora in the multi-award-winning drama series Downton Abbey – in the Kenneth Lonergan-penned drama.

Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton (Father Ted), Olivier Award winner Jenny Galloway and Rosalind Eleazar (Howard’s End) also star.

Broderick is renowned for films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, War Games and Election – and as Leo Bloom in both the Broadway and Hollywood productions of The Producers. In 1995, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as J.Pierrepont Finch in Frank Loesser’s How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

The cast is completed by Joplin Sibtain, Sinead Matthews and Sid Sagar, in a production directed by Sam Yates (Glengarry Glen Ross).

Performances begin at the Wyndham’s Theatre on Thursday 16 May and plays a strictly limited 13-week season.

Tickets for The Starry Messenger are on sale now. Get yours through Ticketmaster.co.uk