About NHB

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.

Our titles are distributed internationally through our publishing associates: Theatre Communications Group in the USA, Currency Press in Australia and Playwrights Canada Press in Canada.


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

Publisher Nick Hern
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
Production Editors Jodi Gray
  Sarah Liisa Wilkinson
Digital and Production Editor Tim Digby-Bell
Publishing Assistant Siân Mayhall-Purvis


Scroll down for a visual tour of our first 25 years...

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mrs klein | an enemy of the people | cloud nine | theatre communications group | driving miss daisy | smelling a rat | letters to george | my heart's a suitcase | playing for time | sunday in the park with george | profiles | the shape of the table | link to author page (title now out of print) | link to author page (title now out of print) | long day's journey into night | cyrano de bergerac | death and the maiden | sweeney todd | angels in america: part one | assassins | the wexford trilogy | berlin bertie | currency press | one night stands | laban for actors and dancers | preface to hamlet | the skriker | conversations with pinter | three sisters | a doll's house | medea | the hypochondriac | the jew of malta | the rivals | the winslow boy | the browning version | anna karenina | the clearing | the libertine | pentecost | mojo | plays to perform site | kindertransport | hamlet: a user's guide | link to screenplays (title now out of print) | east is east | the weir | disco pigs & sucking dublin | jane eyre | the honest whore | perfect days | house of games | howie the rookie | evoking shakespeare | playwrights canada press | lion in the streets | making noise quietly | the necessary theatre | be my baby | stones in his pockets | diaries | far away | a moment towards the end of the play | hamlet (shakespeare folios series) | jitney | vincent in brixton | iron | finding your voice | a number | the actor and the target | playing lear | honour | dirty butterfly | other people's shoes | his dark materials | so you want to be a theatre director? | actions | year of the king | pinter in the theatre | don carlos | coram boy | when you cure me | why is that so funny? | rabbit | the seafarer | caroline, or change | guide to plays for performance | the complete stanislavsky toolkit | tynan: theatre writings | the walworth farce | Different Every Night | Never So Good | August: Osage County | The Pride | Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops | How Plays Work | Jerusalem | Eight | Talking Theatre | My Life in Pieces | Anne Boleyn | The Reluctant Escapologist | Clybourne Park | Shakespeare on Stage | Mogadishu | Ken Campbell: The Great Caper | London Road | Decade | Written on the Heart | The Kitchen Sink | Shakespeare's Lost Play | Link to Ebooks section | World Scenography | I Am Shakespeare | Love and Information | The Last of the Haussmans | NSFW | The River | The Golden Rules of Acting | So You Want To Be In Musicals? | Once | The Low Road | Lincoln | Bull | The Quality of Mercy | #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei | Image Map