View CV

Nick Payne


Theatre, Film & TV
Ben Hall
+44 (0)20 7393 4452
Email Ben
Theatre, Film & TV
Lily Williams
+44 (0)20 7393 4452
Email Lily


★ Nominated: Evening Standard Best Play
The Royal Court, 2012 Director Michael Longhurst Writer Nick Payne Starring Sally Hawkins & Rafe Spall

Nick's two-hander explores love, free will and friendship through quantum multiverse theory and honey. 

Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.

Constellations premiered at The Royal Court in January 2012 and transferred to the West End in November 2012, where it ran until 5 January 2013, with Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins reprising the roles of Roland and Marianne.

Constellations has been produced in France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Poland, Belgium, Turkey, Argentina, Japan, and South Korea.

Constellations by Nick Payne

Agent Representation

Theatre, Film & TV Ben Hall Ben Hall
+44 (0)20 7393 4452
Ben's Profile >

Theatre, Film & TV Lily Williams Lily Williams
+44 (0)20 7393 4452
Lily's Profile >

For all its teasing razzle-dazzle, though, it is the human warmth of the writing and acting that ensures the play never slides into tricksiness.

Lyn Gardner The Guardian

Nick Payne is a young playwright of rare virtuosity, and Constellations is his most significant achievement to date...The play lasts a little over an hour, but manages to dazzle, delight and dismay. Truly stellar.

Henry Hitchings The Evenings Standard

a bit of a beauty.

Dominic Maxwell The Times

It’s like a map of the entire unimaginable vista of humanity with a little arrow telling us “You are here”. ****

Ian Shuttleworth The Financial Times

easily the best West End show of the year *****

Andrzej Lukowski Time Out

I do know the real thing when I see it. And Nick Payne, a playwright previously unknown to me, is at the beginning of a great career.

John Lahr The New Yorker

Entertaining and deeply moving

Aleks Sierz The Stage

An absolute delight, a little gem of a play... touching and beautiful

Michael Coveney What's On Stage

Payne is undoubtedly one of the brightest sparks in our playwriting landscape

Fiona Mountford London Evening Standard

I know it’s only January, but if I see a more ingenious, touching and intellectually searching play than Constellations this year, I will count myself very lucky. *****

Charles Spencer The Daily Telegraph

The phrase "emotionally satisfying" is rarely seen alongside that of "experimental drama" - which makes Nick Payne's arresting, intelligent new play "Constellations" all the more exciting.

David Benedict Variety

Subtle... one of Payne’s most moving devices – a deft exploration of the life force and its precariousness

Carole Woddis The Arts Desk

Emotionally supple and engaging throughout

Matt Trueman Carousel of Fantasies

the nearest I’ve come across in ages to a play that feels heaven-sent.

Matt Wolf The New York Times

Some plays are worth defying claustrophobia for...  “Constellations” gets into your head and under your skin with an immediacy that sometimes tickles and often hurts.

Ben Brantley New York Times

Nick Payne has thought many things through before putting them into deceptively simple form... haunting

Libby Purves The Times

Not since Mike Bartlett's Cock, so to speak, have I been so exhilarated by a new play... extraordinary

Paul Taylor The Independent

Spry, funny and ultimately very moving... a touchingly original study of a relationship and a meditation on that all too familiar refrain: “if only”

Sarah Hemming Financial Times

Wondrously supple... The trick the playwright pulls off is to bring a feather-light touch to weighty themes *****

Maxie Szalwinska The Sunday Times

beautiful and brilliant Constellations... Seldom has a play felt so exhilarating. *****

Georgina Brown Mail on Sunday

 funny, tender and startlingly original

Caroline McGinn Time Out

Small but perfectly formed

Claire Alfree Metro

Nick Payne’s wiry new play

Susannah Clapp The Observer

Nick Payne’s short, scintillating two-hander... is a bit of a beauty

Dominic Maxwell The Times