Nick Hern Books is the UK’s leading specialist performing arts publisher with over 1,000 plays and theatre books in our catalogue. We also license most of our plays for amateur performance (see our Plays to Perform site).
Our list of plays includes work by many of the UK’s preeminent playwrights, as well as some of the most exciting emerging writers. We work with major theatres and theatre companies across the UK and in Ireland to publish new plays alongside their professional premieres, often in the form of a ‘programme/text’ that combines the functions of theatre programme and playtext.
We also publish many classic plays and plays in translation, together with a wide range of authoritative theatre books, many of them written by well-known theatre practitioners.
A very brief history…
Nick Hern Books came into being in June 1988 when Nick Hern, formerly drama editor at Methuen, set up his own imprint under the aegis of Walker Books. Its first title in print was Nicholas Wright’s play Mrs Klein, which opened at the National Theatre in August 1988 before transferring to the West End and Broadway.
In 1990 the Nick Hern Books imprint was taken on by Random House. It became a fully independent company on 1 January 1993 when Nick Hern acquired the list from Random House, winning the Sunday Times 'Small Publisher of the Year Award' the following year.
NHB celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013, marking the occasion with a special publication, a panel event at the Almeida Theatre on playwriting over the last twenty-five years, and special competitions and giveaways.
Today, we are a team of eleven, devoted to publishing the best new plays in English, as well as building an unrivalled list of classic plays and theatre books.
The Nick Hern Books team
|Managing Director and Commissioning Editor||Matt Applewhite|
|Marketing Manager||Jon Barton|
|Marketing Executive||Robin Booth|
|Sales Manager||Ian Higham|
|Performing Rights Manager||Tamara von Werthern|
|Performing Rights Assistant||Marcelo Dos Santos|
|Office Manager||Kirsty Harrison|
|Production Editors||Jodi Gray|
|Sarah Liisa Wilkinson|
|Digital and Production Editor||Tim Digby-Bell|
Scroll down for a visual tour of our first 25 years...