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Win tickets to Blue Stockings with our Silver Ticket Giveaway

Thursday 29 August 2013

UPDATE (12.01, 6/9/13): This competition is now closed. Look out for more Silver Giveaway tickets soon!

We’ve been publishing great scripts alongside their production since 1988, and this year is no exception. So to celebrate our anniversary, we’re teaming up with theatres and producers to offer you a chance to win a pair of tickets to some of the shows we’re involved in, plus a free copy of the playscript.

September's Silver Ticket Giveaway show is:

Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

Thanks to the folks at Shakespeare's Globe, we’ve got two tickets to give away to the 14:00 matinee performance at the Globe Theatre, London on Saturday 21 September. 

For more information, including how to enter, click here.

Win tickets to Blue Stockings with our Silver Ticket Giveaway

Nick Hern Books to publish book by Twitter sensation West End Producer

Wednesday 21 August 2013

He’s the anonymous Twitter sensation whose hilarious and unfailingly accurate barbs satirising and celebrating the theatre industry have won him over 35,000 followers.

His identity is the subject of feverish speculation in the media, fuelled by his regular appearances at West End opening nights in costume, wig and latex mask.

He has become a genuine theatre impresario, launching talent competitions Search for a Twitter Star and its successor, Search for a Twitter Composer.

And now West End Producer (WEP) has written a book, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear), to be published by Nick Hern Books on 21st November 2013.

(And no, his publishers don’t know his real identity, either. So don’t ask!)

The book is full of the wit and mischievous indiscretion that has gained him such a cult following. It is also packed with gossip and insider knowledge of the theatre business, and enough savvy advice on acting to kickstart a career. For wannabe stars, there are tips (both practical and deliciously impractical) on:

  • getting into drama school (learning how to sit in a circle)
  • auditioning, and perfecting the neutral vacant stare pose
  • rehearsals and learning lines (various infallible methods)
  • the different kinds of actor, from sex pest to company idiot
  • acting techniques, including how to act in a serious play
  • combating boredom (and avoiding backstage naughtiness)
  • the correct way to bow at the curtain call

Nick Hern Books - Images for News items - WEP photo 2Also included are many of WEP’s most memorable tweets, miniature comic salvos despatched with all the shrewdness of a man who truly knows his Barrowmans from his Balls.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear) is available to pre-order now, at 25% on our website - click here to do just that. And to whet your appetite, here’s just a handful of WEP’s insightful tweets:

‘Actors – always remember: what happens on tour, goes on Twitter, #dear.’

‘That old saying “there are no small parts, only small actors” is a complete lie. Of course there are small parts. I pay them a lot less, #dear.’

‘Actors – if you ever feel yourself getting an erection when wearing tight lycra, it’s not tight enough, #dear.’

‘Actors – in my experience if you are doing a three-act play, cut the second one, #dear.’

Nick Hern Books to publish book by Twitter sensation West End Producer

Fleabag and Halcyon Days win Fringe First awards at Edinburgh Festival 2013

Friday 16 August 2013

Fleabag, an electrifying, disarmingly honest monologue by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and the tender but heart-wrenching two-hander Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan, have both been awarded Fringe Firsts at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A hilariously rude but incisive look at responsibility and sexuality in today’s young people, Fleabag is the debut play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, actress, writer and Co-Artistic Director of new writing company DryWrite. It has received widespread critical acclaim, with calling it ‘a sharp-edged gem of a solo show’, and Matt Trueman in the Scotsman declaring ‘I’ve never seen a play quite like it.’ Fleabag runs at Underbelly Cowgate until 25 August, before transferring to the Soho Theatre Upstairs in London’s West End in September. Waller-Bridge, who as well as being the author also performs the piece, was recently seen on the London stage in DryWrite's production of Jack Thorne's unflinching domestic drama Mydidae.

Deirdre Kinahan’s Halcyon Days is a poignant drama set in a nursing home in Ireland, where a recently admitted teacher, struggling to adapt to her new surroundings, strikes up a friendship with a retired actor. Produced by Landmark Productions – also the producers of a highly successful revival of Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie at this year’s Fringe – the play (marketed as These Halcyon Days at the Edinburgh Fringe), which was first staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012, has been warmly received, with The Times describing it as ‘beautifully judged’, and Three Weeks praising it for being ‘heart-warming and tear-jerking in equal measure’.

The scripts to both Fleabag and These Halcyon Days are published by Nick Hern Books, and are available to buy on this site at a 25% discount. To see all other NHB titles currently being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as across the rest of the UK, visit our On Stage Now page. 

Book :
  • Halcyon Days

Louise Dearman and Mark Evans to collaborate with fans on new book

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Louise Dearman (Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Evita) and Mark Evans (The Book of Mormon, Ghost, Oklahoma!), two of the biggest musical-theatre stars working today, are asking for their fans’ help to write a new book, The Secrets of Stage Success.

The book, a guide for those who want to follow in Louise and Mark’s footsteps and develop their own careers as performers, will answer questions submitted by the public on a wide range of theatre topics. It will be published by leading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books in 2014.

Questions can be submitted via a dedicated website,, until 14 October 2013. They can be about any stage-related topic – whether it’s applying to drama school, nailing auditions, how to overcome stage fright, a specific highlight of Louise and Mark’s careers, or something else entirely. All questions included in the final book will be printed with the asker’s name.

Everyone who submits a question will be entered into a draw to win exciting prizes, including tickets to see Louise and Mark live on stage, and will also receive a special thank-you letter from the authors. For more information about the authors, the book, or how to submit a question, visit

Louise Dearman and Mark Evans to collaborate with fans on new book