Young actress Carey Mulligan and veteran Bill Nighy are to star as lovers in a new play.

The Shame star, 28, and Love Actually actor Nighy, 64, will hit the West End stage in a production of Sir David Hare's Skylight.

She will take the role of a school teacher who tries to rekindle her romance with Nighy's widowed character.

The stage show will be directed by Stephen Daldry and is due to launch at London's Wyndham's Theatre in June (14).