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Constellations (2018)
Written by Nick Payne
Wed 14th February to Sat 17th February

The stars shine brightly in Nick Payne's metaphysical love story.


Director – Gennie Holmes
Production Photos
Roland – Steve Brown
Marianne – Karen Evans
Stage Manager – Becky Cribdon
Wardrobe – Nicola Gabriel
Props – Les Rahilly
Set Designer – Terry Cornwall
Lighting Designer – Karl Stafford
Sound Designer – Mike Price
Art Work Design – Leigh Bartlam
Set Construction – Terry Cornwall
Set Construction – Simon Sharpe
Set Construction – Kevin Woods
Set Painting – Emma Padfield
Lighting & Sound Operation – Frances Dixon
Lighting & Sound Operation – Karl Stafford
Prompt – Maggie Parkes
Prompt – Helen Williams
BSL Consultant Ann Hayward – TBA

A love story – with physics and philosophy: this studio production opens at the Criterion on St. Valentine’s Day.


It is impossible to give a linear account of the plot since there isn't one ! The only fixed point is that there are two characters called Roland and Marianne whose lives constantly intersect. It is also fair to say that Roland is a professional apiarist, while Marianne works in a university department processing data on quantum multiverse theory: the basis of that, as she helpfully explains, is that "every choice, every decision you've ever and never made exists in an unimaginably vast ensemble of parallel universes".


Payne shows the couple, after a chance social encounter, going through the varying rituals of co-habitation, betrayal and separation. Or, alternatively, they may go their own ways, bump into each other again at a ballroom-dancing class and achieve a possibly durable union.


Warning: contains strong language; not suitable for children. 


Press Comment


“a brain-teasing 70-minute play that packs an enormous amount in” Michael Billington, The Guardian.


"Ingenious and beautiful...The play lasts a little over an hour, but manages to dazzle, delight and dismay. Truly stellar."  Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard


"The stars shine brightly in Nick Payne's metaphysical love story, and I'm not just talking about the bewitching performances of Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall."  Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


“Intelligent, innovative and powerful, this is a very welcome addition to the West End, and deserves enormous success.”  Peter Brown London Theatre


For more information about this production please contact the director, Gennie Holmes, or email



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