If you take a punt on just one new play this summer, make it Constellations. Awarded five stars by both The Telegraph and Time Out, and described as ‘short, sweet and strangely haunting’ during its highly successful West End run earlier this year (which starred Jake Gyllenhaal).
Constellations is by up-and-coming playwright Nick Payne, and it comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre 16-20 June. Roland, a beekeeper, meets scientist Marianne at a barbecue, sparking a celestial journey through space and time where the lovers’ relationship is altered each time due to the various different choices they make. It’s sure to draw comparisons with the likes of Tom Stoppard: a romcom – with the Quantum multiverse theory. And bees.
This production stars Joe Armstrong (Happy Valley, The Village) and Sherlock’s Louise Brealey. It starts 7.45pm (1 hour 10, with no interval), 2.30pm Thur & Sat matinee; tickets from £15. A post-show talk takes place on 17 June.