PRESS RELEASE: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR CONSTELLATIONS UK TOURPublished on Wed 25 Mar 2015
JOE ARMSTRONG AND LOUISE BREALEY TO APPEAR IN THE ROYAL COURT THEATRE’S UK TOUR OF NICK PAYNE’S CONSTELLATIONS DIRECTED BY MICHAEL LONGHURST
by Nick Payne
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Designed by Tom Scutt with lighting design by Lee Curran
Music composed by Simon Slater with sound design by David McSeveney and movement by Lucy Cullingford.
PRESS NIGHT: WEDNESDAY 20 MAY AT LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE AT 5.30PM
Joe Armstrong will join Louise Brealey in the Royal Court’s UK tour of Nick Payne’s award-winning Constellations.
Directed by Michael Longhurst, this hugely successful play previously enjoyed sell-out runs at the Royal Court, the West End and most recently on Broadway. This tour of Constellations will travel to Woking, Liverpool, Bristol, Southampton, Salford, Cambridge, Richmond and Brighton.
Quantum multiverse theory, love and honey; Constellations is an explosive play about free will and friendship from one of the leading voices in UK theatre, Nick Payne.
Sparked by the first encounter of bee-keeping Roland and scientist Marianne, the boundless potential of their connection leads us through a heart-breaking love story of endless invention.
Constellations forms part of the Royal Court’s ongoing commitment to touring new work across the UK and around the world.
Joe Armstrong plays Roland. He last appeared at the Royal Court in The Empire. His other stage credits include, The Dumb Waiter (Print Room), Miss Julie (Royal Exchange), Flare Path (Haymarket), Orphans (Traverse/Soho), A Night at the Dogs (Soho). On television, his credits include The Village, Happy Valley, The Hollow Crown: Henry IV pt 1 (directed by Richard Eyre), The Last Detective and Midsomer Murders. His film credits include Closer to the Moon and A Passionate Woman.
Louise Brealey plays Marianne. She last appeared at the Royal Court in Joe Penhall’s Birthday. Other work at the Court includes Behind the Image, The Stone and Sliding With Suzanne. Her previous stage credits include most recently Miss Julie (Citizens Theatre), The Herd (Bush) and The Trojan Women at the Gate. On television her credits include Sherlock, George Gently, Ripper Street, Father Brown and Bleak House. Her film credits include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Heard and Delicious. Louise will appear in Letters Live alongside Benedict Cumberbatch at London’s Freemasons’ Hall (Covent Garden) from Tuesday 31st March until Saturday 4th April.
Nick Payne’s most recent plays at the Royal Court were Constellations (winner of the Evening Standard Best Play Award), The Art of Dying and Wanderlust. His other credits include Constellations in the West End and on Broadway, Incognito (HighTide Festival/Bush), Blurred Lines (The Shed NT), The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse), If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet (The Bush). He was the winner of the George Devine Award in 2009 and also a member of the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme. Nick is currently playwright in residence at the Donmar Warehouse and working on projects for BBC Films.
Michael Longhurst directs. Previously for the Royal Court he directed the original and recent broadway production of Constellations and Remembrance Day in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. His other credits include Bad Jews (St James’s Theatre/ Arts), Tis a Pity She’s A Whore (The Globe), A Number (Young Vic & Southampton), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (The Roundabout Theatre NY.), Stovepipe (HighTide/Bush), On The Beach as part of The Contingency Plan at the Bush Theatre, On The Record (Arcola), dirty butterfly (winner of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic), 1 In 5 as part of Daring Pairings at Hampstead Theatre and Fringe First Award winner Guardians at the Edinburgh Festival. He was a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award (2007) at the Young Vic and a Fringe First in 2005.
The original production of Constellations opened in 2012 at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs to outstanding reviews and continued its critical sell-out success in a West End transfer and on Broadway. Constellations was first staged as part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
For press information and reviewing tickets on tour please contact CliÃ³na Roberts on 020 7704 6224 / 07754 756504 or e-mail [email protected]
LISTING AND TOUR INFORMATION
Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
0844 871 7645
Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 May
0151 709 4776
Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 May
Bristol Old Vic
0117 987 7877
Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 June
The Nuffield, Southampton
023 8067 1771
Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 June
The Lowry, Salford
0843 208 6000
Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 June
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 June
0870 060 6651
08448 717 651
Tuesday 30 June to Saturday 4 July
Theatre Royal Brighton
0844 871 7650
Notes to Editors:
Constellations by Nick Payne was supported in 2012 by Jerwood New Playwrights
Jerwood New Playwrights is a longstanding partnership between the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Royal Court. Each year, Jerwood New Playwrights supports the production of three new works by emerging writers, all of whom are in the first 10 years of their career. The Royal Court carefully identifies playwrights whose careers would benefit from the challenge and profile of being fully produced either in the Jerwood Downstairs or Jerwood Upstairs Theatres at the Royal Court.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation supports the Jerwood New Playwrights programme and is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting emerging artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information visit www.jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org