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Constellations explores love, free will, and friendship through quantum multiverse theory and honey.

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‘One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.’
A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They might go home together, they might not.
Constellations explores love, free will, and friendship through quantum multiverse theory and honey.
Constellations premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, in 2012, and transferred to the Duke of York’s. It opened on Broadway in 2015; and at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, in 2021.

‘Nick Payne’s gorgeous two-character drama, may be the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.’ New York Times

Critic Reviews

It is a high-concept romance – a Sliding Doors to the power of 100 – and many other things at once: a drama about time and memory, about death and grief, playful and profound, comic and mournful. It asks big questions about existence, purpose and free will but, like the helium balloons in the backdrop, also feels weightless and fun. It affirms life, love and companionship even as it drives towards the death of its ending. A theatrical multiverse indeed.


Nick Payne’s plays include If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead), Wanderlust and Constellations (Royal (Royal Court). He was awarded the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and was the 2010 Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Bush Theatre.

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