Carey Mulligan burnt on stage

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan has suffered cuts and burns courtesy of her latest role.

The British starlet is currently treading the boards in London’s West End in David Hare’s Skylight, a tale about lost love and politics which opened last night.

For her part as Kyra, a teacher, Carey has to cook live on stage every night, rustling up spaghetti Bolognese.

“I put my health in jeopardy every night. One of the first things I had to learn was how to cook. I cut my fingers a lot and I burn myself most nights,” Carey laughed to British newspaper London Evening Standard.

It’s Carey’s first stage role in seven years. She last starred in The Seagull opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who both had top billing.

She was also part of the cast that took the show to Broadway, but since has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to starring roles in The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis and Drive.

Getting back into theatre has been a nerve wracking experience for the 29-year-old, especially as the play’s 1995 run received rave reviews.

“It’s scary – really scary doing it in London where family and friends turn up,” she said of her return to the stage. “But it’s no good doing a job unless it’s quite nerve-racking.

“It felt like a huge undertaking, as it has a history. People have strong memories of a great production.”

Bill Nighy plays the part of Kyra’s lover Tom, a rich restaurateur who comes back into her life.

“[It’s] one of the greatest plays in the English language. Any political undertow is beautifully and successfully integrated into a heartbreaking love story,” he commented.

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