NVAP screening of Constellations

This free screening is a part of the weekend programme: Re:Play – Celebrating 30 Years of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP)

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Join us for a free screening of Constellations, written by Nick Payne. This production was directed by Michael Longhurst and recorded live by the V&A at the Duke of York’s Theatre in January 2013.

This was the theatrical debut of the play, starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. It tells a stellar story of love and friendship, mapping it across the universe yet grounded to the realities of life. There is no interval for this production. The production is 71 minutes long. All screenings are drop in and are on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised, screenings may contain explicit language and content. Our full list of NVAP recordings can be found on the Archives page.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances, with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to learn about significant performances and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would have been lost. When V&A’s Stratford storehouse opens in 2024, the recordings will be available to the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Background image: NVAP still from ‘Constellations’, 2013, directed by Michael Longhurst © Victoria and Albert Museum, London