Eileen Atkins

Nick Payne's 'Constellations' tops Evening Standard Theatre Award

Nick Payne's 'Constellations' tops Evening Standard Theatre Award

An intimate, two-hander play by a relatively unknown writer took home the top prize at this year's London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. "Constellations," by Nick Payne, won the prize for best play on Sunday, beating out works by Caryl Churchill and James Graham.

"Constellations" ran at the Royal Court Upstairs earlier this year and starred Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. The play -- a cryptic, science-themed romance that runs a brief 70 minutes -- received mostly positive reviews. The New Yorker's John Lahr wrote that Payne is "at the beginning of a great career." The Guardian's Michael Billington was more reserved, writing that it is either...

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