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. Produced at the Bush Theatre in October 2009 and directed by Josie Rourke and 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. Constellations transferred to the West End in November 2012 where it received universally glowing reviews. It also won the Evening Standard Best Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 2014 Constellations transferred to Broadway. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson and directed by Michael Longhurst it won outstanding reviews.

Nick 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. He is also writing for film and TV. He is currently adapting Julian Barnes's The Sense Of An Ending for BBC Films and working on projects with Objective, Drama Republic and the BBC. 

CV

Theatre

Writer

 
Donmar Warehouse
 
Director Michael Longhurst
Starring
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Ruth Wilson
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    A relationship between a man and a woman plays out in multiple different ways in parallel universes

    Constellations has been nominated for the Drama League Awards 2014-2015 for Outstanding Production of a Broadway of Off-Broadway Play and Distinguished Performance Award. 

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway
     
     

    Nick Payne is adapting Leo Tolstoy's unfinished play

    National Theatre
     
    Creator Nick Payne, Ella Hickson and Tom Wells
     

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

    Assembly Bosco Tent, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
     
     
    Part of the Open Court season
    The Royal Court
     
    Producer HighTide/nabokov/Live Theatre Newcastle in association with the North Wall
    Starring
  • Paul Hickey
  • Amelia Lowdell
  • Alison O'Donnell
  • Sargon Yelda
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    New commission premiering at HighTide Festival 2014 focusing on identity

    The Bush
     
    Director Carrie Cracknell
    Starring
  • Marion Bailey
  • Ruth Sheen
  • Claire Skinner
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    Created with Carrie Cracknell, play exploring contemporary gender politics

    Shed, National Theatre
     
    Director John Crowley
    Starring
  • Monica Dolan
  • Isabella Laughland
  • Nigel Lindsay
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    Play set in the world of compensation claims and injury lawyers. 

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

    Donmar Warehouse
     
     
    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
     
    Constellations
    Nominated: Evening Standard Best Play
    Starring
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rafe Spall
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    Play exploring love and free will through quantum phsyics
    The Royal Court
     
    Starring
  • Annie Funke
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Brian F. O'Byrne
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    American début of Nick's incisive look into an ordinary family
    Roundabout Theatre, New York
     
    Director Clare Lizzimore
    Starring
  • Lucy Phelps
  • Angela Terence
  • Andy de la Tour
  • Susan Wooldridge
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    Play about how bereavement fractures a family

    Hampstead Theatre
     
     
    Fugitive Motel was written as part of The Bush's project designed to open its new theatre
    The Bush Theatre, London
     
    Director Carrie Cracknell
    Starring
  • Natasha Broomfield
  • Madeleine Potter
  • Alex Price
  • Martin Turner
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    New adaptation of the Greek myth
    Gate Theatre, London
     
    Director Clare Lizzimore
    Starring
  • Maia Alexander
  • Andrew Sheridan
  •  
    Play about the impact of the Second World War on the lives and loves of two people
    Sheffield Theatres/Paines Plough
     
    Director Simon Godwin
    Starring
  • Charles Edwards
  • Pippa Haywood
  • Isabella Laughland
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    Nick Payne's Royal Court debut is a comic look at sex and intimacy
    The Royal Court
     
    If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
    Winner: The George Devine Award
    Director Josie Rourke
    Starring
  • Michael Begley
  • Ailish O'Connor
  • Rafe Spall
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    The Bush Theatre
     
     
    Royal Court Writers Festival
     
    Director Kate Wasserberg
     
    Hightide Theatre Festival, Suffolk
     
     
    Soho Theatre
     

    Film

    Writer

    Creator Julian Barnes
    Director Ritesh Batra
    Starring
  • Jim Broadbent
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    Adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize winning novel
    BBC Films
    Origin Films
    In development
     

    TV

    Writer

     

    Adaptation of Rupert Thomson novel. 

    See-Saw Films
    In Development
     
     
    Drama Republic
    In development
     
    Director Dominic Savage
    Starring
  •  

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

    Working Title Television for BBC
     

    Writer & Creator

     
    Ruby Film and Television
    In development
     
    Producer Judy Counihan
     
    Film Four
    Objective Productions
    In development
     
    Director Carrie Cracknell
    Starring
  • Hattie Morahan
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    Short film in response to Ibsen's A Doll's House
    The Space
    Young Vic
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Director Sasha Yevtushenko
    Starring
  • Amaka Okafor
  • James Lailey
  • Susie Riddell
  • Karl Theobald
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    Second part of Vital Statistics, about Agent Y who uses his statistical superpowers to intervene in troubled relationships

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
     
    A short piece as part of a collection of 10 writers different perspectives on love

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Producer Sasha Yevtushenko
     

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Producer Sasha Yevtushenko
    Starring
  • Olivia Coleman
  • Ralph Ineson
  • Nishi Malde
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    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4