• Picnic at Hanging Rock (stage version)
  • Brainstorm: The Original Playscript
  • Nell Gwynn
  • Crush: The Musical
  • Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense'
  • Wendy & Peter Pan
  • Blue Stockings
  • New Labour
  • Jerusalem
  • Around the World in 80 Days (stage version)
  • Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

Top Ten Plays to Perform in 2017

Looking for inspiration? Here are some tried-and-tested plays to guarantee a sure-fire hit, have a look at this best-selling selection.



Plays to Perform newsletter now with Early Bird Discount

We are so pleased to announce that our newsletter has had a make-over and we now bring you a very attractive early bird discount of a whopping 30% on the performing licence fee for selected plays and new releases...



Our Plays To Perform Brochure is here!

Be inspired by our bright selection of plays, organised in helpful categories, such as 'Great Plays for Women', 'Plays for Young People', 'Ghost Stories and Thrillers' etc


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Amateur Theatre: A Vital Contribution to UK Theatre

Tamara von Werthern went to the event Reflecting on Amateur Theatre Research - this is her blog account of the day


Blue Stockings

Music now available for performances of Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

We are delighted announce that the music by Laura Forrest-Hay to accompany Jessica Swale's hit play Blue Stockings is now available to license from Nick Hern Books.



NHB Plays to Perform Newsletter September 2016

Our September 2016 Plays to Perform Newsletter full of new releases, recommended books, announcements and news is out...


Nell Gwynn

NELL GWYNN by Jessica Swale available now!

We are excited to announce the amateur rights release...


Second Person Narrative (Platform Play) The Light Burns Blue (Platform Play) This Changes Everything (Platform Play)

Tonic Theatre and Nick Hern Books partner to launch Platform

New initiative aims to increase opportunities for girls and young women on stage by making available new large-cast, female-led plays




The essential guide to plays licensed by Nick Hern Books for amateur performance. 
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Detailed information on our most popular plays, including: storyline summaries, extracts, cast breakdowns, staging requirements, press reviews.

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Latest Posts:

  • Want audible gasps from your audience? Blue Stockings is given the thumbs up by Bedford Drama Company.
  • Putney Arts Theatre's artistic director Ian Higham on why Tom Wells' Jumpers For Goalposts is the easiest play he ever had the pleasure to direct - 'give a good actor a good play and they will make it soar!'
  • Jerusalem has made it onto the other side of the pond - read about how American audiences reacted to Strollers Theatre's production in Wisconsin!
  • The ever popular silver caravan featured in Jerusalem is looking for a new owner from March 2015! Please contact Gemma Conlon (see discussion board for details)
  • A gripping in-the-round production of Foxfinder by The Capital Theatre Company used sound and lighting to create an atmospheric experience for their audience.
  • The Suitcase Theatre Company in Abergavenny had a great time with Lilies On The Land, which gives 'great opportunities for four female actors to shine'
  • That silver stream caravan for Jerusalem! It's on a roll - after having left its mark on two productions (and done an awesome job) - might your stage be the one it graces next?
  • If you are planning a production of Treasure Island, have a read of these tips on running time and ideal age group for the performers.
  • CODA are sharing the secrets to their emotionally and financially successful run of The Railway Children with you! And we have noted to include a props list in future editions of the play, to make performances of this easier to stage.
  • Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale is applauded by Lynda Dyne of Gate Productions.
  • Italia Conti recount their experiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 with their show Vernon God Little
  • Brand new theatre company Stage Theatrics explain why Bombshells was a perfect first show
  • The Chipstead Players praise Mike Kenny's version of the Arthur Grahame classic The Wind in the Willows
  • Val gives some useful tips on how to stage Mark Healy's adaptation of Austen's Persuasion
  • Chester Stern of The Miller Centre Theatre Company shares his incredibly helpful staging notes for The Clearing
  • Brampton Players discuss their successful mini-tour of Ladies Down Under
  • Barton Theatre Company on Iron
  • A short note about The Haunting from the Partington Players
  • Falmouth Academy, Massachusetts, discuss their performance of Arabian Nights
  • University of Nottingham recently performed Eight and it went down a storm. 
  • Hear how the Nortonians AmDram Group provoked side-splitting laughter with The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • CHADS Theatre in Cheadle Hulme discuss their amateur premiere of A Tender Thing
  • Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) reveal the joys of directing Arabian Nights
  • Ryan Vernel shares his thoughts on Ella Hickson's Eight
  • Questors hope to see you at their post show discussion to Parlour Song on 17 October 2012, for a chance to meet the company and talk about their experience in staging Jez Butterworth's play.
  • Do you need to borrow some breeches? If you're staging Lilies on the Land, do get in touch with where you can borrow the full range of costume, including WLA badges and armbands, the iconic dungarees and even milking jackets!
  • A warm recommendation to stage Passing Places - a road movie for the stage!
  • Read a review from the Malta Sunday Times and feedback from audience members of Unifaun Theatre Company's production of the controversial play Paul
  • In case you need to learn how to tar and feather someone on stage for Loyal Women (or just for fun), we'll show you how!
  • David Baxter shares his staging tips for Contractions, Mike Bartlett's ink black comedy for two female performers.
  • The Kelvin Players Theatre Company share their secrets for a successful production of Ladies' Day, and have props to give away!
  • Congratulations to the young cast of Mission Theatre's Youth production of His Dark Materials on their great review; they have clearly done a brilliant job!
  • Fat Dog Theatre recommends 100 as a play for which there are minimal staging requirements
  • Putney Arts Theatre on why they chose to stage Foxfinder
  • Unbroken, a modern reworking of La Ronde, with plenty of opportunities for physical theatre
  • Companies interested in performing Mine can get in touch with Capital Theatre Company to use their originally composed music to go with the play.
  • Anyone in need of costumes for Ladies' Day? Contact the Burton Joyce Players to find out more.
  • An interview with the cast of Putney Art's upcoming production of Little Gem.
  • Parlour Song by Jez Butterworth, the writer of Jerusalem, is a great comedy with dark undercurrents.
  • Dominic Cooke's version of Arabian Nights is 'the perfect mix of storytelling with space for physical theatre and movement'.
  • Tips on staging Liz Lochhead's Good Things, the perfect alternative Christmas show. 
  • Rattigan's Winslow Boy is a revelation for Putney Arts Theatre
  • Glowing review of Unifaun Theatre's production of The Female of the Species in the Times of Malta!