One relationship. Infinite possibilities. What if every choice you’ve ever made and never made, exists…
Constellations is a two-hander play by the English playwright Nick Payne, one of a handful of truly groundbreaking young playwrights in the English-speaking world, and a mind-bending, romantic journey that begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman.
Marianne and Roland are polar opposites. A quantum physicist and a beekeeper. A big universe thinker and an everyday believer. String theory, parallel universes and Sliding Doors moments set the scene for this quirky and charming romance of endless invention.
It’s been an international hit on stages around the world, confronting our questions of choice, control and certainty, and the multiple possibilities within one relationship. It’s witty, fascinating and heartbreaking and a universe shifting show that questions the differences between choice and destiny, challenges how you see life, and changes how you live it.
Nick is a British playwright who won the prestigious George Devine Award in 2009 with his play If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. Produced at the Bush Theatre, London, in October 2009 and directed by Josie Rourke, starring Rafe Spall. In 2012 it went to the Roundabout Theatre, New York, starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Michael Longhurst.
Nick studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of York, making his debut at the Royal Court theatre in September 2010 with his comedy Wanderlust. In January 2012, Nick’s play Constellations opened at the Royal Court Upstairs starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins and directed by Michael Longhurst. It won the Evening Standard Best Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play Constellations transferred to the West End in November 2012, and then to Broadway in 2015, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, and directed by Michael. It has also been produced at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, and The Street Theatre, Canberra.
Nick’s other plays include Elegy, Incognito, Blurred Lines, The Same Deep Water As Me, Lay Down Your Cross, Electra, One Day When We Were Young, Switzerland, and Flourless.
Nick also writes for film and TV. He has adapted Julian Barnes’s The Sense Of An Ending for BBC Films, to be released in 2017 with Jim Broadbent starring and Ritesh Batra directing. In development are an adaptation of David Nicholls’ Us as a three-part TV drama for the BBC and an original piece, Wanderlust, for Drama Republic and the BBC.