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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 Abbey, The 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.

“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

Customer Reviews

46 reviews
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8 Aug 2019

One of the worst plays I've ever seen. I have no idea how it was ever made, or how anyone reading the script would want to take part. Actors tripped over each other's words, very long pauses where you felt someone had forgotten their lines. Often I couldn't hear Me McGovern, her voice did not projects and I wss only in row N. Simply dreadful and at nearly £70 per ticket, I feel like I've been robbed.

Lucy Robson
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6 Aug 2019

The cast were fantastic in this interesting play. Funny moments derived from the differences between people. I had forgotten how beautiful Wyndhams is. Lovely to see Mathew Broderick in the West End but he was well matched by the brilliant Rosalind Eleazar; and of course Elizabeth Mc Govern who is always fabulous. The rest of the cast were great too.

Susie O
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30 Jul 2019

We loved this play and each and every member of the cast led by the wonderful Matthew Broderick were amazing. See this play before it disappears!

Michael W.
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28 Jul 2019

It was so good! A powerfully funny and sad story about life, love, lust and the continuous journey to find a deeper meaning in the Universe ❤

Lynn Mathers
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27 Jul 2019

Dear Sarah Further to my email earlier this week, expressing some concerns that I had regarding some reviews of “The Starry Messenger” - I just thought I would email to say how pleased we were that we decided to come to the performance of “The Starry Messenger” tonight. We were entranced from the very beginning. We laughed, we cried, we were inspired. The play is compassionate, raw in its realism- it addresses issues sensitively, but squarely, which gives it sometimes a sad tone, sometimes a joyous tone. Such an incredible cast who clearly deliver their performances with great passion and dedication. We were grateful too, for the time that the cast spent with us at the Stage Door. Hopefully we didn’t take up too much of their time but we felt we needed to express our gratitude for their superb performances which genuinely resonated with us. Our thanks too, to your staff who provided a great service to us tonight: they were friendly and informative. Our very best wishes, Lynn and Hannah Mathers x Sent from my iPhone



Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds available after purchase. 


2 hours 30 minutes approx (including interval)

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email. Please print the confirmation email and bring it along with some photo ID to the box office at the theatre.  We recommend you allow 30-40 minutes to collect your tickets and settle into your seats

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 12 years +

When Can I Go

Performances from: Thursday 16 May 2019 until Saturday 10 August 2019 

Previews: 16 May – 28 May 2019  ( Preview pricing not applicable on 28 May)

16th July at 7.30pm performance will be captioned.    


Performance Schedule 

  • Monday to Saturday: 7.30pm 
  • Wednesday & Saturday: 2.30pm 

Where Do I Go

Wyndhams Theatre

Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

Take an immediate left down Duncannon Street and then turn right up St Martins Place. Continue past the Garrick Theatre as the road turns into Charing Cross Road. The theatre is next to Leicester Square tube station.