Nick Payne

Playwright

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Biography

Nick is a playwright who won the prestigious George Devine Award in 2009 with his play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet.  This was produced at the Bush Theatre in October 2009, directed by Josie Rourke and starring Rafe Spall. It then went to the Roundabout Theatre, New York, in 2012, 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.  He made his debut at the Royal Court theatre in September 2010 with his comedy Wanderlust and is currently under commission at Paines Plough, the Royal Court and Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P Sloan Foundation writing a new play about Nobel prize winning mathematician, Paul Dirac. He is also playwright in residence at the Donmar Warehouse.

In January 2012, Nick's play Constellations opened at the Royal Court Upstairs starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins directed by Michael Longhurst.  Constellations transferred to the West End in November 2012. It received universally glowing reviews and won the Evening Standard Best Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play. Constellations transfers to Broadway in late 2014, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Michael Longhurst. 

In August 2013 Nick's dark comedy The Same Deep Water As Me premièred at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Nigel Lindsay and Daniel Mays. It was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.


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Theatre
Writer
Symphony 2014
Assembly Bosco Tent, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
Creator Nick Payne, Ella Hickson and Tom Wells
Writer Nick Payne

A collaborative show that immerses the audience in raucous live music and spoken word

The Light Shines in Darkness 2014
National Theatre
Writer Nick Payne

Nick Payne is adapting Leo Tolstoy's unfinished play

The Art of Dying 2014
The Royal Court
Director Michael Longhurst
Writer Nick Payne

Part of the Open Court season

Incognito 2014
Hightide Festival
Producer HighTide/nabokov/Live Theatre Newcastle in association with the North Wall
Director Joe Murphy
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Paul Hickey, Amelia Lowdell, Alison O'Donnell & Sargon Yelda

New commission premiering at HighTide Festival 2014 focusing on identity

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Shed, National Theatre
Director Carrie Cracknell
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Marion Bailey, Bryony Hannah, Ruth Sheen, Claire Skinner & Susannah Wise

Created with Carrie Cracknell, play exploring contemporary gender politics

Donmar Warehouse
Director John Crowley
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Monica Dolan, Isabella Laughland, Nigel Lindsay, Daniel Mays & Marc Wootton

Play set in the world of compensation claims and injury lawyers. 

Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2014. 

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Untitled Commission 2012
The Royal Court
Writer Nick Payne

Nick's commission is supported by The Pinter Commission which is given annually by Harold Pinter's widow Lady Antonia Fraser for new work.

The Royal Court
Director Michael Longhurst
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Sally Hawkins & Rafe Spall

Play exploring love and free will through quantum phsyics

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Roundabout Theatre, New York
Director Michael Longhurst
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Annie Funke, Michelle Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal & Brian F. O'Byrne

American début of Nick's incisive look into an ordinary family

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Lay Down Your Cross 2012
Hampstead Theatre
Director Clare Lizzimore
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Lucy Phelps, Angela Terence, Andy de la Tour & Susan Wooldridge

Play about how bereavement fractures a family

66 Books 2011
The Bush Theatre, London
Writer Nick Payne

Fugitive Motel was written as part of The Bush's project designed to open its new theatre

Electra 2011
Gate Theatre, London
Director Carrie Cracknell
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Natasha Broomfield, Madeleine Potter, Alex Price, Martin Turner & Cath Whitefield

New adaptation of the Greek myth

Sheffield Theatres/Paines Plough
Director Clare Lizzimore
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Maia Alexander & Andrew Sheridan

Play about the impact of the Second World War on the lives and loves of two people

Wanderlust 2010
The Royal Court
Director Simon Godwin
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Sian Brooke, Charles Edwards, Pippa Haywood, Isabella Laughland & Stuart McQuarrie

Nick Payne's Royal Court debut is a comic look at sex and intimacy

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The Bush Theatre
Director Josie Rourke
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Michael Begley, Pandora Colin, Ailish O'Connor & Rafe Spall

Starlings 2009
Royal Court Writers Festival
Writer Nick Payne

Old Vic 24 Hour Plays 2008
Old Vic
Writer Nick Payne

Switzerland 2008
Hightide Theatre Festival, Suffolk
Director Kate Wasserberg
Writer Nick Payne

Flourless 2006
Soho Theatre
Writer Nick Payne

Television
Writer
The Secrets 2 x 30'
2014
Working Title Television for BBC
Director Dominic Savage
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Sarah Solemani

New series, for which Nick wrote 'The Dilemma' and 'The Return'

Radio
Writer
Celebrating 40 years of Paines Plough 2014

 
Writer Nick Payne

 
How I Learned to Drive 1 x 30' 2012
BBC Radio 4
 
Director Sasha Yevtushenko
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Amaka Okafor, James Lailey, Susie Riddell, Karl Theobald & Al Weaver

Second part of Vital Statistics, about Agent Y who uses his statistical superpowers to intervene in troubled relationships

 
10 Lessons in Love 1 x 45' 2011
BBC Radio 4
 
Writer Nick Payne

A short piece as part of a collection of 10 writers different perspectives on love

 
The City is at a Standstill 2011
BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Sasha Yevtushenko
Writer Nick Payne

 
The Day We Caught the Train 1 x 45' 2011
BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Sasha Yevtushenko
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Simon Bubb, Olivia Coleman, Ralph Ineson, Nishi Malde & John Rowe

 
Film
Writer
Lolito Feature
2014
Objective Productions for Film Four
In development
Creator Nick Payne
Writer Nick Payne

 
The Sense of an Ending Feature
2013
Origin Films for BBC Films
In development
Creator Julian Barnes
Writer Nick Payne

Adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize winning novel

Nora Short
2012
Young Vic for The Space
Director Carrie Cracknell
Writer Nick Payne
Starring Hattie Morahan

Short film in response to Ibsen's A Doll's House