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Duke of York's Theatre

St Martins Lane WC2N 4BG


by Nick Payne
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Show Details

Preview 9th Nov 12
Opens 16th Nov 12
Closes 5th Jan 13

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm
Length of show - 1hr 10mins

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
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A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




  • Rafe Spall - Roland
  • Sally Hawkins - Marianne

  • Michael Longhurst - Director
  • Tom Scutt - Design
  • Producer - Royal Court Theatre Productions / Ambassador Theatre Group


Constellations - Rafe Spall

Constellations was first produced in January 2012 at the Royal Court

"Nick Payne is a young playwright of rare virtuosity, and Constellations is his most significant achievement to date" Henry Hichings - Standard

A love story by Nick Payne – with two players on stage, is transferred to the West End to the Phoenix Theatre. This play is a part of a collection of original new plays from the Royal Court Productions.

Constellations Sally HawkindSally Hawkins & Rafe Spall are consummately professional throughout playing through one relationship between the two of them in the multiple universes. The theme is deep into the current theory that every Moment , anything and everything, everyone has ever and never done, exists as a part of the continuum in another universe or dimension. And at the same time within one vortex of reality - the unique YOU.

This leads to unifying everyday words and events with moods and nuances of the etheric- and the ethereal. This means drawing together the tangible, corporeal reality with that which emanates the thoughts and imagination. At this point you may initiate a reality as a catalytic first –in a set sequence of cosmic or karmic consequences.

Constellations - Rafe Spalle Spall

Each occasion is a unique performance - seemingly spontaneous with a feeling that anything could happen. Never knowing - or being able to work out in retrospect even, if what happens next is a result of some knock on effect from another dimension or from an altogether different universe.catalysed by what you have just the last ten minutes. And what if the other dimension was one in which fair is foul and foul is fair. what then? Where is that second magpie?

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Rafe says of the way the two of them play the progression through the multi-universes:

"It's just vital and immediate and really exciting – and could go either way." Rafe Spall

It's expected that most people in the audience will wish to go to this limitedd run at least twice or more times with other people. That's why they are offering 20 Day Seats = sort of season tickets - available for every performance from 10am at the Duke Of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane. Maximum of 2 per person, £10 each.

Booking IconOr try before you decide by booking a couple now - even if you don't yet know who to take or who you'll attract to share it with. If you see one play in the next two months this has to be the one.

© 2017 Updated 8th Jan 2013