Nick Payne

nick-payne-headshotNICK PAYNE (playwright) Constellations premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London and transferred to the West End in 2012, where it received universally glowing reviews. It received the 2012 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Play.  In 2015 Constellations transferred to Broadway, starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. It is now being seen in regional theatres across the US, Canada and Australia. Payne won the prestigious George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2009 (If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, produced at London’s Bush Theatre in 2009 and New York’s Roundabout Theatre in 2012), the 2012 Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award and a 2014 Oliver Award Nomination for Best New Comedy (The Same Deep Water as Me). He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of York and was part of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, making his debut at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010 with his comedy Wanderlust. His work has since been seen at premiere theatres in London and New York. This past year, his new play Elegy premiered at London’s Donmar Warehouse while his Incognito made its American debut at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. Nick also writes regularly for film and TV.  He has adapted Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense Of An Ending for BBC Films, to be released in 2017 starring Jim Broadbent.  In development are an adaptation of David Nicholls’ Us as a three-part TV drama for the BBC, and Wanderlust, his original six-part television series for Drama Republic and the BBC.