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Nick Hern Books celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018 - join us as we celebrate 30 years of theatre publishing.

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30 Years / 30 Plays: Nick Hern Books anniversary postcard book

A fabulous book of postcards featuring a selection of covers from some of the most successful plays published by NHB over our first thirty years. Each postcard is printed on detachable card so they can be sent to your friends!

Website exclusive: 'Thirty@30' offers

Each month throughout the year, we'll be offering a massive 30% off a specially selected set of thirty of our titles. The selection will change each month, so keep checking back for more offers (make sure you don't miss any - sign up for our newsletter now).

For October, we've chosen Thirty Spooky Plays to get you in the mood for Halloween, all available at 30% off on this website.

Take a look at the offer page now to find out more, and to see the discounted titles.

Playwriting Then and Now, National Theatre, 8 November 2018

A pre-theatre panel event at the National Theatre with NHB playwrights Howard Brenton, Conor McPherson, Alecky Blythe and Natasha Gordon, to explore how playwriting has – and hasn’t – changed over the past 30 years. More information and tickets from the National Theatre.

Amateur Theatre Fest, 8 September 2018

A capacity crowd gathered at The Questors Theatre, Ealing, West London, on Saturday 8 September for an all-day event of talks, workshops and performances focussing on amateur theatre. Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a success! More information at www.amateurtheatrefest.co.uk.

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.

Today, we are a team of twelve, devoted to publishing the best new plays in English, as well as building an unrivalled list of classic plays and theatre books.