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Chris O'Dowd and Anna Maxwell Martin in rehearsals. Photo by Marc Brenner

Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd in rehearsal for Constellations

Published 27 July 2021

With these amazing photos by Marc Brenner we get a glimpse into the rehearsal room as another of the four casts begin their Constellations journey.

The show, written by Nick Payne, follows a quantum physicist and a beekeeper who hit it off at a barbeque, or perhaps they don’t. The go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. The endless possibilities of a multiverse are played out in front of us, the audience, as we follow the infinite ways a relationship can develop.

Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd will be performing in shows from 6 August – 12 September, following current casts Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah (18 June – 1 August), previous cast Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker (23 June – 24 July) and upcoming cast Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey (30 July – 11 September).

Megan, from our team, who vlogged about the show back in May (watch it here) says: “I think it’s a genius idea to have multiple casts perform a show which itself explores the infinite ways life can change, and be changed, by the smallest decision or action. To watch each cast perform in the roles is to see even more ‘multiverses’ and with writing as powerful as Nick Payne’s I know I will enjoy watching the show four times over!”

Let’s take a look at where you’ll know new cast members, Anna and Chris from:

Anna’s prolific career has earned her two BAFTAS (Best Actress, 2006 for Bleak House and Best Actress 2009 for Poppy Shakespeare) and a further 3 nominations. Anna’s extensive work in theatre includes roles such as; Lyra Belacqua in the original 2003 National Theatre production of His Dark Materials (dir. Nicholas Hytner), Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ production of Cabaret (The Lyric), Isabella in Measure for Measure (dir. Michael Attenborough) at (The Almeida), Lady Macbeth in Carrie Cracknell’s production of Macbeth (Young Vic), Irina in Katie Mitchell’s Three Sisters (National Theatre) and most recently the role of Kitty in Consent directed by Roger Michell (National Theatre). Anna’s last performance at the Donmar Warehouse was as Alexandra in The Little Foxes directed by Marianne Elliot. Some of her best-known TV credits include North and South , The Bletchley Circle, Death Comes to Pemberley, Midwinter of the Spirit, the BAFTA award winning White Girl, Mother’s Day and series 1, 2 and 3 of Motherland. Most recently Anna can be seen in series 5 of Line of Duty as DCS Patricia Carmichael and as Beelzebub in Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. Anna’s work last year includes feature film The Personal History of David Copperfield, Code 404, The Duke and Netflix series The Irregulars.

Chris O’Dowd is a Tony Award nominated and Emmy winning Irish actor who has built an international reputation as a versatile film, television and theatre actor. For theatre, in 2014 he played Lennie in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men opposite James Franco on Broadway, and was nominated for a Tony. On screen, Chris has starred in the series Get Shorty, Nick Hornby’s State if the Union, which won him an Emmy for Best Actor, Bridesmaids, for which he won the Irish Film & TV Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor – Film’. His other film credits include Judd Apatow’s This is 40, Friends With Kids, Dinner For Schmucks, Gulliver’s Travels, Fox, The Boat That Rocked, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Calvary, St. Vincent, Marvel Production’s Thor: The Dark World, Cuban Fury and Festival. On television, Chris is well known for his roles in the cult comedy series The IT Crowd, Lena Dunham’s Girls, Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, Crimson Petal and The White and the Emmy Award winning semiautobiographical comedy Moone Boy which Chris wrote, directed, and starred in. His next film The Starling sees him reunited with Ted Melfi and Melissa McCarthy and will be released later this year by Netflix. He is currently filming Slumberland for Netflix.

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