Stephen Daldry Brings *The Audience* and *Skylight* to Broadway

March 9, 2015 5:57 PM

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Stephen Daldry, the director of the two most prestigious imports on Broadway this season, met me for lunch at Frankie and Johnnie’s Steakhouse, the showbiz hangout and former speakeasy on West 45th Street. His acclaimed production of The Audience, starring Dame Helen Mirren as You Know Who, is playing on the same street, as is the revival of David Hare’s 1995 Skylight, which opens on April 2 at the John Golden Theatre, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan as two embattled ex-lovers.

Mr. Daldry is a man who knows what he likes. He scarcely glanced at the menu before ordering lamb chops medium, side orders of sautéed spinach and mushrooms, and a bottle of San Pellegrino. He’s a busy man who was soon to return to London to work on The Crown, the six-season TV saga for Netflix abou...

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