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Nick Hern Books partners with VAULT Festival to publish Plays from VAULT

Monday 4 January 2016

Plays from VAULTLeading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books has partnered with VAULT Festival, London's biggest and most exciting arts festival, to publish Plays from VAULT, an anthology comprising five of the best plays from the upcoming VAULT 2016.

Eggs is a dark comedy about female friendship, fertility and freaking out, by Florence Keith-Roach, ‘rising star of the London theatre scene’ (Evening Standard). Two women, living very different lives, are united by their quick wit, love of nineties’ dance music and a mounting alienation.

In Mr Incredible, Adam is single. He doesn’t like it. He misses Holly. He deserves Holly. Doesn’t he? A play about love and entitlement by Camilla Whitehill, the writer of the ‘warm, evocative, and intelligent’ (Stage) Where Do Little Birds Go?

The world of the celebrity PA is laid bare in Primadonna. A young first-timer navigates impossible tasks, difficult conversations and fearsome passive aggression in this one-woman play from Rosie Kellett, winner of the VAULT Festival Spirit Award.

Mickey and his team of Cornermen never have much luck in the boxing world. Until, that is, they sign a young fighter whose winning ways catapult them to a level they’ve never known before. ‘A striking new play by an exciting new writer’, Oliver Forsyth (Scotsman).

Run explores what it means to love, to lose, and how to grow from a boy into a man, as a gay Jewish kid sneaks out over Shabbat to meet his boyfriend – and his universe implodes. Stephen Laughton’s one-man play is presented by VAULT Festival favourites Rogues’ Gallery.

VAULT 2016 runs from 27 January - 6 March 2016, in The Vaults, Waterloo, London. The festival features more than 100 different shows, plus parties, gigs, bars and more. Plays from VAULT is published 28 January - pre-order your copy now.

‘A vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent’ The Stage on VAULT 2015

Book :
  • Plays from VAULT

NHB office now closed for Christmas

Friday 18 December 2015

The Nick Hern Books website is now closed for orders from today (Friday 18 December) until Monday 4 January.

Please note that, as our office is now closed for Christmas, your order will not be processed until we return on Monday 4 January. If you require your books more urgently, please try an alternative retailer. Otherwise, place your order and we'll dispatch it as soon as we can when we return.

Happy Christmas from all at NHB!

Merry Christmas from NHB

NHB office now closed for Christmas

Temple and Bird nominated at Writers' Guild Awards

Monday 7 December 2015

The nominations for the Writers' Guild Awards were announced today (7 December), with NHB authors represented across a number of categories.

Temple by Steve Waters is shortlisted for Best Play. This engrossing drama, first seen at the Donmar Warehouse in May 2015 in a production starring Simon Russell Davies, is a fictional account of the 2011 Occupy London protests at St Paul's Cathedral. It was praised by the Telegraph as 'a triumph... a riveting drama that unpicks the institutional and psychological turmoil the saga caused'.

Laura Lomas' hard-hitting Bird is nominated for Best Play for Young Audiences. A cutting-edge monologue that throws light on the experience of a teenager in contemporary Britain, Bird centres on fourteen-year-old Leah, who begins to unpick the nature of her current relationship when waiting up for her boyfriend to call. The play premiered at Derby Theatre in October 2014, before touring the UK. The Stage called it '[a] beautifully crafted monologue with rich theatrical texture'.

Laura Lomas is also nominated for Best Radio Drama for her BBC Radio 4 play Fragments.

NHB writers swept the playwriting categories at the Writers' Guild Awards 2015, with James I from Rona Munro's trilogy The James Plays taking home the prize for Best Play, and Girls Like That by Evan Placey winning Best Play for Young Audiences. The winners of 2016 Awards will be announced at a ceremony at RIBA, London, on 18 January 2016.

Books :
  • Temple
  • Bird and other monologues for young women

Win a massive prize worth £1000 from Nick Hern Books and Theatre Tokens!

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Love theatre? Then this is the perfect Christmas prize draw for you. We've partnered with Theatre Tokens, the UK's biggest national theatre gift voucher scheme, to offer theatre-lovers the chance to win a massive prize worth £1000.

One very lucky winner will receive a copy of every single Nick Hern Books publication of 2015 - a mix of award-winning plays, essential practical guides and fascinating theatre reads worth a huge £800. These are just some of the books included:
  • great new reads for theatre-lovers including BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week pick Year of the Fat Knight by Antony Sher, Being a Dancer by Lyndsey Winship and Conversations with Miller by Mel Gussow
  • scripts from top London play premieres such as Game by Mike Bartlett, hang by debbie tucker green, Mr Foote's Other Leg by Ian Kelly and Roald Dahl's The Twits by Enda Walsh
  • essential practical guides including The Active TextSurviving Actors Manual, and Secrets of Stage Success by West End stars Louise Dearman and Mark Evans
  • Edinburgh Fringe hits such as Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons LemonsRoss & Rachel and The Solid Life of Sugar Water
  • scripts by the brilliant Caryl Churchill including her National Theatre play premiere Here We Go, and new editions of A NumberThe Skriker and more
Also included in the prize is £200 of Theatre Tokens, which can be used at over 240 venues nationwide including London's West End. They have no expiry date, and can be redeemed in person or by phone.
To enter this amazing prize draw, click hereEntries close on 31 December 2015.

NHB Christmas prize draw

Win a massive prize worth £1000 from Nick Hern Books and Theatre Tokens!

Get 25% off in the NHB Christmas Sale - now on!

Tuesday 1 December 2015

The festive season is upon us once again, and with it the scary prospect of finding another round of presents for all those people in your life – even the really difficult ones to buy for.

But if they love theatre, then look no further: we have hundreds of great Christmas reads for theatre-lovers to choose from, right here. And we've even got a fantastic offer as a special present for you, too.

From today, 1 December, until 12pm (noon) on Friday 18 December, all Nick Hern Books titles are available at 25% off via our website.

For more information, visit the Christmas Sale page here.

NHB Christmas Sale

Katherine Soper wins Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015

Friday 20 November 2015

The winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015 was announced on Tuesday 17 November, with the award going to first-time writer Katherine Soper for her debut play Wish List.

Katherine, who wrote the play for her dissertation while studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, receives £16,000, a professional production at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and publication by Nick Hern Books.

Four other playwrights also received Judges' Awards, the first time in the Prize's history the number has been increased from three. The recipients, and their plays, were:

  • Almighty Sometimes by Kendall Feaver
  • Parliament Square by James Fritz
  • How My Light is Spent by Alan Harris
  • Sound of Silence by Chloe Todd Fordham

All entries to the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting are submitted anonymously, with the writers' identities not known until the final prizewinners have been selected.

The winners were selected from more than 1,900 entrants by judges from across the theatre industry, including former National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner, actor and playwright Meera Syal and Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom.

Previous winners of the Bruntwood Prize published by NHB include Anna Jordan, Janice Okoh, Vivienne Franzmann and Ben Musgrave

Celebrating ten years of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

2015 marks the tenth anniversary of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, which has grown from being a regional competition to become the UK's biggest national competition for playwriting.

Nick Hern Books has been a proud partner of the Prize since its inception in 2005, publishing a dozen prizewinners to date, plus subsequent plays at the Royal Court, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and elsewhere.

To celebrate the occasion, NHB founder Nick Hern reflects on a decade of the Prize on our blog here, and we've teamed up with Exeunt Magazine to offer an inside look at the Prize in the podcast below. Presenter Tim Bano speaks to previous winner Anna Jordan, judges and readers to explore how the process works.


Katherine Soper wins Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015

Get 50% off for 24 hours in our #LoveTheatreDay Sale!

Wednesday 18 November 2015

We love theatre. It's what we publish. And as our readers and followers, we reckon you do too. So as Wednesday 18 November marks #LoveTheatreDay 2015, we've put together a great offer to help you celebrate.

From 10:00 GMT on Wednesday 18 November, all Nick Hern Books titles are available at 50% off via our website, for 24 hours only!

Whether you're searching for the perfect Christmas gift for someone special, a book to help you develop your skills and advance your career, or just a great read, then look no further.

Plus, get free UK postage & packaging on all orders of £30 or over.

Our #LoveTheatreDay Sale ends at 10:00 GMT on Thursday 19 November. So don't miss your chance to grab a bargain – click here for more information, and get shopping!

#LoveTheatreDay Sale

Get 50% off for 24 hours in our #LoveTheatreDay Sale!

FLASH SALE - Get the Actions app for just £2.99 until 8 November

Monday 26 October 2015

Nick Hern Books - Images for News items - iPhone&Book.pngActions: The Actors' Thesaurus, the first app designed for use in the rehearsal room and based on the bestselling book by Marina Caldarone and Maggie Lloyd-Williams, is now available at the special discounted price of £2.99 until 8 November (prices will vary in other currencies).

Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus is a fully searchable, easy-to-navigate thesaurus of active verbs, that helps actors refine their acting choice until they find the action they require to make each line come alive.

Features include:

  • A to Z search, and predictive search function
  • Emotional groupings to help you pinpoint the action you require
  • Bookmark, note-making and random word functions
  • Share your actions on social media or by email
  • Full instructions on how to use actioning in rehearsal, plus how to use the app

For actors at all levels and of all ages, Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus will revolutionise how you rehearse. Once you’ve started using it, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

‘If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence’ - Terry Johnson

'Condenses all the usefulness of the book into a neat little app. Absolutely invaluable!' - App Store user review

For more information, and to download your copy now, click here.

Book :
  • Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus

Nick Hern Books Collection launches on Drama Online

Thursday 1 October 2015

Leading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books is delighted to announce that the Nick Hern Books Collection is now available on revolutionary, award-winning platform Drama Online. The collection, which features titles by some of the best UK, Irish and international playwrights working today, adds hundreds of plays to this essential online educational resource.

The Nick Hern Books Collection includes:

  • Modern classics from Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPhersonRona Munro, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright
  • Titles from the popular Drama Classics series, including foreign works in translation from Nikolai Gogol, Alfred Jarry, Molière and more
  • Fifteen plays by leading twentieth-century dramatist Terence Rattigan, each with an authoritative critical introduction
  • New writing from exciting contemporary dramatists such as Mike Bartlett, Alecky Blythe, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Vivienne Franzmann, debbie tucker green, Ella Hickson, Lucy Kirkwood, Nina Raine, Jack Thorne and Tom Wells

Developed in partnership by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Faber and Faber Ltd, Drama Online ( was launched in March 2013 as a response to increasing demand for a high-quality online research tool for drama and literature students, professors and teachers.

Available for institutional purchase and already used by schools, colleges and universities around the world, the award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. Unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.

The Drama Online library features the pre-eminent theatre lists of Methuen Drama, the Arden Shakespeare, Faber and Faber and Nick Hern Books, as well as production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum and The American Shakespeare Center and audio plays from L.A. Theatre Works. Further collections, including filmed stage productions from Shakespeare’s Globe, are scheduled to launch soon.

For more information about subscriptions, trials and pricing, visit:

On the Nick Hern Books blog

Our Digital Editor, Tim Digby-Bell, writes on preparing the Nick Hern Books Collection for launch, and how the Collection sheds new light on familiar plays:

'For more than twelve months we’ve been planning, editing, revising, checking, drinking cups of strong coffee, fretting, and then doing some more editing. It’s all been worth it, though. It’s a thing of wonder, and it’s open for business...' Read more >>

Nick Hern Books Collection launches on Drama Online

Nick Hern Books partners with Kenneth Branagh Company

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Kenneth Branagh Theatre CompanyLeading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books is to partner with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company to publish official tie-in editions of the first four plays in KBTC’s inaugural season.

The scripts, which will be available to purchase in the Garrick Theatre foyer at each performance, as well as online and in bookshops, will include the text as edited for the production, plus exclusive extra content – including interviews with key members of the creative team, technical material, and more to be announced. Each script also features the official production artwork on the cover.

The first two Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company scripts – The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade & All On Her Own – will be published in October alongside the opening of the productions, and are available to pre-order now. Sean Foley’s version of The Painkiller by Francis Veber, and a new edition of Romeo and Juliet will follow as the season continues into 2016.

Learn more about the inaugural Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season, including details of Branagh Theatre Live, their live broadcast of three of the productions to cinemas nationwide, via their website here.

Books :
  • The Winter's Tale
  • Harlequinade & All On Her Own