Nick Payne

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Nick Payne
Born 1984[1]
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter
Nationality British

Nick Payne (born in 1984) is a British playwright and screenwriter,[2] studied at the University of York and subsequently at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He is also a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme.

Payne's first play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet which won the George Devine Award[3] opened at the Bush Theatre in October 2009 and received a very strong response from critics[4] with the Evening Standard calling it "a comic tour de force" and the Financial Times "a knockout". In September 2012 it was staged at New York's Laura Pels Theatre, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.[5]

Payne's second play Wanderlust opened in September 2010, directed by Simon Godwin, at the Royal Court Theatre upstairs and also garnered excellent reviews.[6]

In November 2010, Payne was shortlisted for the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award,[7] but lost out to Anya Reiss.

He took part in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books, for which he wrote a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.[8]

Constellations opened at Royal Court Theatre on 13 January 2012.[9] Directed by Michael Longhurst and starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, it explores love, friendship and the notion of free will against the backdrop of quantum physics. It was extremely well received, with Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph commenting that "Nick Payne's drama lasts just over an hour but packs in more than most shows manage in three times that length. It is playful, intelligent and bursting with ideas, but also achieves a powerful undertow of emotion"[10] while Paul Taylor in the Independent wrote that "one would be hard put to begin to do justice to the dazzling way it creates it own [sic] rules, while at the same time being wise enough not to jettison the old rule book either".[11] It transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in November 2012. That month it won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play. In January 2013 Payne revealed that a film adaptation was under way.[12] This plan was later shelved.

In August 2013 his play The Same Deep Water As Me opened at the Donmar Warehouse, with a cast including Nigel Lindsay, Daniel Mays and Marc Wootton. In January 2014 Blurred Lines, a piece he devised with the director Carrie Cracknell, opened at the National Theatre's Shed. In 2014, two episodes of The Secrets which were written by Payne will be broadcast on BBC One.

Incognito was a co-production between Live Theatre, nabokov, HighTide Festival Theatre and in association with The North Wall in spring 2014, which previewed at Live Theatre in April 2014, before going to HighTide Festival and The North Wall, Oxford. It returned to Live Theatre in May and then had a sell-out run at The Bush Theatre, London.[13] Incognito was produced in New York by the Manhattan Theatre Club with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at New York's City Center.[14] The play stars Charlie Cox, Heather Lind, Morgan Spector, and Geneva Carr and is directed by Doug Hughes.

The American premiere of Constellations opened on Broadway in January 2015 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. Constellations reunites Gyllenhaal with Payne and Longhurst, who are also making their Broadway debuts with the production. The three previously collaborated on the American premiere of If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. It will be directed by Michael Longhurst.[15]




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  2. ^ "Curtis Brown Profile". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ "George Devine Award 2010 – South West New Writing Network". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  5. ^ Financial Times review of New York production, 24 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Wanderlust Reviews". Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  7. ^ "Nick Payne Shortlisted for Evening Standard Award",, 22 November 2010, accessed 19 December 2010.
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  9. ^ "Nick Payne's Constellations Reviews",, 1 February 2012
  10. ^ Daily Telegraph review of Constellations, 20 Jan 2012.
  11. ^ Independent review of Constellations, 20 Jan 2012.
  12. ^ Independent profile of Nick Payne, 2 January 2013.
  13. ^ . Live Theatre website  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Sloan Science & Film". Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  15. ^ "Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Broadway Debut Starring in Nick Paynes 'Constellation' "
  16. ^ "Nick Payne". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  17. ^ Plough, Paines. "Paines Plough". Retrieved 2016-05-04.