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Nick Hern Books celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. Check out the review of the year on our blog page for more details of how we celebrated thirty years of theatre publishing!

Website exclusive: 'Thirty@30' offers

Each month throughout the year, we offered a massive 30% off a specially selected set of thirty of our titles, including Debut Plays, Shakespeare Titles, Great Summer Reads and International Plays, finishing off with Thirty Stocking Fillers in December.

30 Years / 30 Plays: Nick Hern Books anniversary postcard book - SOLD OUT

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. This publication has now sold out (though copies may still be available from some retailers).

Playwriting Then and Now, National Theatre, 8 November 2018

On 8 November we staged a 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 30 years of Nick Hern Books.

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.