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About the show

Constellations explores one relationship that shares infinite possibilities. The everyday and the ethereal come together to show the effect of consequences and the millions of different lives we could be living had we made different decisions. The play explores actions and their effect, however small, to change the universe however.

This one act production centres around the actions of just two characters, Roland and Marianne. The pair meet at a barbeque and somehow, despite their foolishness, end up together. As their relationship spirals out of control the audience are presented with infinite possibilities for the pair, had their actions been ever so slightly different. Somehow it seems the pair are destined to be with each other, even to the bitter end.

Nick Payne's new play originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in January 2012 where it was met with wide critical acclaim. The production now transfers to the larger Duke of York's Theatre to complete the Royal Court's residency in the West End, following the earlier successes of 'Posh' and 'Jumpy'. This exciting play explores both friendships and free will, and how the two come together beyond the universe.

This production stars Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, and is directed by Michael Longhurst. Spall is perhaps best known for his role in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' along with the Donmar Warehouse's production of 'One Day When We Were Young'. Sally Hawkins won the Golden Globe for her performance in Mike Leigh's 'Happy Go Lucky'.

Lead Characters

Roland – Roland is the fun loving lad at the barbeque, the kind of guy that gives the impression of a pint drinking football fan. Roland grows up as his relationship with Marianne evolves and later dispels his early boyish charm as, by the end of the production, he becomes a man.

Marianne – Marianne is the silly, chatty girl at the barbeque. She is the kind of girl who hides her nerves by making awkward banter and daft jokes. Whilst she may appear fun loving, the university worker follows many scientific theories and certainly has a few issues of her own.


Who Should See It?

This two-hander is set to delight audiences who enjoy watching exciting and original pieces of drama. Nick Payne's clever writing and interesting subject matter makes this a thoroughly unique experience. Anyone who has enjoyed the Royal Court's previous shows in the West End this year will appreciate the quality of each production, and the strength of the acting.

Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

9th Nov 2012

22nd Feb 2020

5th Jan 2013

Running time

1 hour 10 minutes