The winners of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 were announced yesterday (18 November), with NHB author Natasha Gordon named Most Promising Playwright for her play Nine Night.
A touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family, Nine Night unfolds over the course of a traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake. It premiered at the National Theatre in April 2018 and transfers to Trafalgar Studios in December, making Natasha the first female black British playwright to have a play staged in the West End.
You can see the full list of winners here.
On 22 November, we're publishing Sunrise - the acclaimed new show by actress, comedian, writer and doodler Jessie Cave, which has enjoyed hit runs in Edinburgh and London, and will tour the UK in 2019.
Sunrise is an honest, tender-hearted and uproariously funny story about crying in the woods, sexual accidents, Harry Potter conventions and Instagram espionage – but also about motherhood and trying to get stuff done. The published edition also includes dozens of full-colour, never-before-seen doodles by Jessie.
Pre-order Sunrise via our website today and you'll receive a set of free exclusive postcards – featuring Jessie's doodles from the book – with every copy! This offer is exclusively available to qualifying purchases made via the Nick Hern Books website, while stocks last.
To pre-order your copy and claim your postcards, click here.
NHB author Andrew Thompson has won Best Writer at the The Stage Debut Awards, for his play In Event of Moone Disaster.
Winner of the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award, In Event of Moone Disaster premiered at Theatre503, London, in 2017. This poignant and quirkily funny play tracks the adventures of three extraordinary women spanning 80 years, against the backdrop of humanity’s journey into space.
Also nominated for Best Writer were NHB authors Georgia Christou for Yous Two, Natasha Gordon for Nine Night and Joe White for Mayfly.
The Stage Debut Awards celebrate emerging theatre talent from across the UK, and were presented for a second year at a ceremony in central London on 23 September 2018. To take a look at the full list of winners, visit The Stage.
We're greatly saddened to learn of the passing of celebrated playwright, dedicated mentor and cherished NHB author Stephen Jeffreys.
Here, publisher Nick Hern remembers the man he called an author and a friend:
'My relationship with Stephen dates back thirty years, initially as his publisher, latterly as a friend. A nicer man and all-round gent you couldn’t hope to meet. Also a brilliant and inspiring teacher.
Having sat in on one of his famous writing workshops at the Royal Court, I immediately commissioned him to write a book. That was twenty years ago, but whenever we met in the intervening years – usually at Royal Court press nights with him in his trademark hat – he would assure me that progress was being made. When he got ill, progress suddenly became a matter of urgency.
The book was still incomplete – though in its final stages – when he died, and his friends and colleagues and above all his widow Annabel Arden are striving to complete it. Playwriting – Structure; Character; How and What to Write will be published in the next few months to sit alongside a volume of collected plays which came out in July.
Dear Stephen: he will be much missed by this country’s playwriting community as well as, of course, by audiences of the brilliant plays he wrote, and those – tragically – he never got to write.'
The nominees for the UK Theatre Awards 2018 were announced today (14 September), with NHB-published productions featured across a number of categories.
Gut by Frances Poet is nominated for Best New Play. A taut psychological thriller that asks: who can be trusted with our children – and is it more dangerous not to trust at all? - it was first produced at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in association with the National Theatre of Scotland.
The Assassination of Katie Hopkins by Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth is shortlisted for Best Musical Production. This smart, satirical musical about truth, celebrity and public outrage premiered at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, in April 2018, directed by James Grieve.
The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This year’s winners will be announced on Sunday 14 October 2018.
For more about the UK Theatre Awards, including the full lists of this year's nominee, visit their website.
The new academic year is upon us – and thanks to our Back to School Sale, you can get all the books you need to learn new skills, or brush up on old ones, at great discounted prices.
From now until the end of September, you can save 30% on thirty of our top titles for actors, students and teachers, when you enter voucher code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout. Plus, get free UK postage and packaging on all orders over £30.
To take advantage of the offer, head to our Back to School Sale page, make your picks and enter discount code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout. This offer ends 30 September 2018.
★★★★★ - One of the finest achievements of the Royal Shakespeare Company in recent years… an exhilarating and timely political drama' Guardian
'★★★★★ - The sheer scale of the enterprise inspires awe' WhatsOnStage
'★★★★ - Strikingly relevant. A must-see drama' The Times
Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, devotes all his energy and cunning to preserve the rule of law, and defend Rome’s Republic against the predatory attacks of political rivals, discontented aristocrats, and would-be military dictators.
Imperium is a backstage view of Ancient Rome at its most bloody and brutal, told through the eyes of Tiro, Cicero’s loyal secretary.
Adapted by Mike Poulton from Robert Harris’s bestselling The Cicero Trilogy, Imperium is an epic event comprising six plays presented in two performances. The acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company production is currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End until 8 September 2018. Find out more about the productions here.
To celebrate the hit West End transfer, we've teamed up with the production team to offer one lucky winner the chance to receive a pair of tickets to Part I or Part II for any performances, excluding Saturdays, between now and the end of August, at the Gielgud Theatre, London (subject to availability), plus a copy of the playscript.
To enter our exciting competition, click here.
August is almost upon us, which can mean only one thing: it's nearly time for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival. Every year for three weeks, the Scottish capital finds itself at the absolute epicentre of the arts world – and NHB is proud to publish some of the very best theatre on offer at both festivals in 2018.
So to celebrate our line-up, we're offering you 30% off all of the plays we're publishing at Edinburgh 2018. To claim this discount, browse the full line-up and enter code NHBEDINBURGH18 at checkout when ordering via this website. This offer is valid until 31 August 2018. Don't miss out!
'★★★★★ - One of Nina Raine's most enjoyable and intelligent plays yet. Unreservedly recommended' Independent
'★★★★★ - A thrilling revenge drama… powerfully written, and both entertaining and
thought-provoking' The Arts Desk
'★★★★★ - This is a play you’ll be talking about for a long time to come' Radio Times
Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered?
Friends Ed and Tim take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.
Consent, Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play, sifts the evidence from every side and puts Justice herself in the dock. It premiered as a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint, directed by Roger Michell at the National Theatre in 2017, and transferred to the West End in 2018. The production runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 11 August 2018, find out more here.
To celebrate the hit West End transfer, we've teamed up with our friends at Sonia Friedman Productions to offer one lucky winner the chance to receive a pair of tickets to Consent at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London (subject to availability), plus a copy of the playscript.
To find out more, click here.
July sees the culmination of London's Pride Festival, with the annual Pride Parade taking place in the city on Saturday 7 July. To mark the occasion, we're launching a very special Pride Sale, running until the end of July.
From now until the end of the month, our website customers get 30% off a hand-picked selection of sixteeen NHB-published plays that capture, chronicle and celebrate LGBT+ experiences and voices.
Choose from a wide range of styles and subjects – from the epic sweep of Tony Kushner's landmark AIDS drama Angels in America, via the pungent hilarity of Kevin Elyot's award-winning comedy My Night with Reg, to the passionate polemic of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.
Also included is Queers, the kaleidoscopic series of short plays curated by Mark Gatiss for the BBC. We've got a limited number of copies signed by Mark Gatiss, available until they're all gone!
For a full list of the promoted titles, and to find out how to claim your 30% off, visit to our Pride Sale page here.