Nick Payne

Playwright
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Biography

Nick is a playwright and screenwriter 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 2015 Constellations transferred to Broadway. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson and directed by Michael Longhurst it won outstanding reviews. 

Jake Gyllenhaal will star in Nick's play A Life which will run at The Public Theater on Broadway from January to March 2019. 

Nick also writes for film and TV. His debut series Wanderlust stars Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh as Joy and Alan, a couple in search of ways to save their marriage. The show is produced by Drama Republic and directed by Luke Snellin. Wanderlust will run for six episodes and is on BBC One and Netflix in September 2018.

Nick adapted Julian Barnes's The Sense Of An Ending for BBC Films which was released in 2017 with Jim Broadbent starring and Ritesh Batra directing. He is currently developing film and television projects with Sky, House Productions, Cuba Pictures, Baby Cow and Dominic Cooke.

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Theatre

Writer

Director Carrie Cracknell
Starring
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
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    A meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

    The Public Theater
     
    Director Doug Hughes
    Starring
  • Geneva Carr, Charlie Cox, Heather Lind, Morgan Spector
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    Manhattan Theatre Club, New York
     
    Director Josie Rourke
    Starring
  • Barbara Flynn
  • Zoe Wanamaker
  • Nina Sosanya
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    A moving story of three women who’ve made the choice between love and survival.

    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
     
     
    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
     
    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
     
    Director Carrie Cracknell
    Starring
  • Natasha Broomfield
  • Madeleine Potter
  • Alex Price
  • Martin Turner
  •  
    New adaptation of the Greek myth
    Gate Theatre, London
     
    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
     
    Director Clare Lizzimore
    Starring
  • Maia Alexander
  • Andrew Sheridan
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    Play about the impact of the Second World War on the lives and loves of two people
    Sheffield Theatres/Paines Plough
     
    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
     
    Director Kate Wasserberg
     
    Hightide Theatre Festival, Suffolk
     

    TV

    Writer

    Wanderlust
    6 x 60'
    Producer Roanna Benn, Kate Crowther
    Director Luke Snellin, Lucy Tcherniak
    Starring
  • Toni Collette
  • Steven Mackintosh
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Royce Pierreson
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    Drama Republic for BBC One and Netflix
    In production
     
    Director Kibwe Tavares
     

    Adaptation of a H. G. Wells short story.

    House Productions for Sky
    In development
     
     

    Adaptation of Rupert Thomson novel. 

    See-Saw Films
    In Development
     
    Director Dominic Savage
    Starring
  •  

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

    Working Title Television for BBC
     

    Film

    Writer

    Creator Julian Barnes
    Director Ritesh Batra
    Starring
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Charlotte Rampling
  • Michelle Dockery
  • Emily Mortimer
  • Billy Howle
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    Adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize winning novel. Released in 2017.

    BBC Films
    Origin Films
     
    Producer Judy Counihan
     
    Film Four

    In development
     
    Director Carrie Cracknell
    Starring
  • Hattie Morahan
  •  
    Short film in response to Ibsen's A Doll's House
    The Space
    Young Vic
     
     

    Adaptation of David Mitchell book.

    BBC Films
    Cuba Pictures
    In development
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Director Sasha Yevtushenko
    Starring
  • Amaka Okafor
  • James Lailey
  • Susie Riddell
  • Karl Theobald
  •  
    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
     

    Other

    Writer