Michael Longhurst

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Nominated: South Bank Theatre Award
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rafe Spall
    Royal Court Theatre
    Michael directed Nick Payne's two-hander, which explores love, free will and friendship through quantum multiverse theory and honey.

    Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.

    Constellations premiered at The Royal Court in January 2012 and transferred to the West End in November 2012, where it ran until January 5th 2013, with Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins taking on the roles of Roland and Marianne.

    Michael Longhurst’s staging is clever and tightly controlled, with a simple yet powerful design by Tom Scutt. The play lasts a little over an hour, but manages to dazzle, delight and dismay. Truly stellar. Henry Hitchings
    Evening Standard

    Michael Longhurst’s precise, unfussy production brings out the wit and the pain with equal deftness Dominic Maxwell
    The Times

    It’s like a map of the entire unimaginable vista of humanity with a little arrow telling us “You are here”. **** Ian Shuttleworth
    The Financial Times

    Michael Longhurst’s precise, unfussy production brings out the wit and the pain with equal deftness Dominic Maxwell
    The Times
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    easily the best West End show of the year *****

    Andrzej Lukowski
    Time Out

    superbly directed Michael Longhurst...it's a wholly satisfying and complete emotional journey.

    John Lahr
    The New Yorker

    Michael Longhurst's exacting direction elicits thrillingly precise performances from Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall David Benedict

    you have to admire the performances, especially the tour de force by Hawkins... haunting Libby Purves
    The Times
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    Entertaining and deeply moving Aleks Sierz
    The Stage

    beautifully directed by Michael Longhurst Carole Woddis
    The Arts Desk

    an absolute delight, a little gem of a play... Michael Longhurst’s deft, highly skilled production

    Michael Coveney
    What's On Stage

    in the hands of director Michael Longhurst and actors Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, it proves spry, funny and ultimately very moving.
    Sarah Hemming
    Financial Times
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    Emotionally supple and engaging throughout Matt Trueman
    Carousel of Fantasies

    the nearest I’ve come across in ages to a play that feels heaven-sent Matt Wolf
    New York Times

    “Constellations” gets into your head and under your skin with an immediacy that sometimes tickles and often hurts... directed with fluidity and confidence by Michael Longhurst Ben Brantley
    New York Times

    Director Michael Longhurst coaches pitch-perfect performances from Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins Claire Alfree
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    there’s nothing undercooked about Michael Longhurst’s excellent, gripping production. Caroline McGinn
    Time Out
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    Michael Longhurst directs an illuminatingly lucid production in an auditorium magically filled with floating white balloons that somehow conjure the wonder and the possibilities the play suggests. *****

    Charles Spencer
    The Daily Telegraph

    Michael Longhurst's superb production (how on earth did they rehearse this?) features two performances that are miracles of timing *****

    Paul Taylor
    The Independent

    wondrously supple new play *****

    Maxie Szalwinska
    The Sunday Times
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    Seldom has a play felt so exhilarating... Michael Longhurst’s dazzling production *****

    Georgina Brown
    Mail on Sunday
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    Michael Longhurst’s direction is nippy and precise Susannah Clapp
    The Observer
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