One of the best new plays I've seen in ages. The writing is beautiful, clever, funny and moving, the staging is simple yet stunning and the acting is absolutely top notch. Both Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall are simple brilliant - Paul Wallis
05 Jan 13
Loved every single minute. Fabulous script and beautifully acted. - Anne
20 Dec 12
I thought this was a beautifully acted and very thought-provoking play. Mind you, I read right through the programme and am no wiser about the physics than I was before I started. It took me most of the play to think that the strings hanging down from the balloons dangling over the actors might be referring to string theory!
It is lovely to feel so confident in the hands of the professionals that you can lose youreself in the words and not worry for a moment that they might get forgotten - even in such a complex piece as this. - Gill B
19 Dec 12
I was expecting Stoppardian brilliance and intellectual bewilderment from Consellations but although it is cleverly constructed and brilliantly performed I'm not sure if it quite lives up to the plaudits from some quarters. I have a feeling that the allusions to parallel universes could be a red herring; it could just as easily be a playwright experimenting with multiple plot possibilities and what is on stage resembles a rehearsal room workshop. At just 70 minutes it stays just the right side of being irritatingly repetitive and is certainly a vast improvement on Nick Payne's execrable Wanderlust but I wonder if Constellations will ultimately be remembered as an ingenious and entertaining dramatic exercise, rather like Pinter's Betrayal. - David Baxter
07 Dec 12
Constellations is a brilliant new play. The premise of the piece might at first seem a bit unappealing but the reality is very different. This two hander is brilliantly cast. The chemistry between Sally Hawkins & Rafe Spall is quite wonderful, drawing you in to their characters with two compelling performances. The way they steer through each often very short scene is breathtaking and quite brilliant. The play is at times very funny, often very moving and a beautiful piece of writing, acted to perfection. One of my theatre highlights of 2012. - Paul Wallis
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