Nick Payne’s new play, Lay Down Your Cross, poignantly explores the heartache, forgiveness and importance of family.

In a house in Luton, boxes are stacked high, the paint is out and Tony is ready for a spring clean. Amidst the dust and clutter lie photos and memories of family fun; reminders of what used to be.

As the funeral of his sons looms, and his aloof daughter and ex-wife return, will the regrets of the past and the sorrows of the present prove too much for Tony and his kin?

Nick Payne recently enjoyed critical acclaim and sell-out success at the Royal Court with Constellations, which mixed quantum physics with a blossoming friendship.

Lay Down Your Cross is performed in the Hampstead Downstairs space, the Hampstead’s intimate auditorium for new writing.

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