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Constellations transfers to Duke of York's

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NICK Payne’s Constellations will follow Posh and Jumpy at the Duke of York’s Theatre as part of the Royal Court’s latest West End season.

Seen at the Royal Court earlier this year as part of the Jerwood New Playwrights programme, it will run in the West End from November 16, 2012 (previews from November 9) until January 5, 2013.

Described as an explosive new play about free will and friendship Constellations is directed by Michael Longhurst (Remembrance Day, Royal Court, On the Record, Arcola Theatre).

Reprising their roles in the West End will be Sally Hawkins (Jane Eyre, Made in Dagenham and Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky) and Rafe Spall (Donmar’s One Day When We Were Young, Channel 4’s Pete Versus Life and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus).

Described as elegant and playful yet profoundly moving, Constellations blends the everyday and the ethereal, the actual and the imaginable, revealing that every outcome may only be the first link in a chain of cosmic consequences.

With a running time of just over an hour, this two-hander is a romantic comedy focusing on the relationship between a bee-keeper and cosmology academic.

Nick Payne’s other works include Wanderlust (Royal Court), One Day When We Were Young (for Paines Plough at Sheffield Theatres) and If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre). In 2009, he was the winner of the George Devine Award.