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With over 1,000 plays in our catalogue, from exciting new drama to popular classics and literary adaptations, there’s something here for every amateur theatre company, school or youth group to perform. Simply use our Play Finder to narrow the selection, or ask our Performing Rights Manager for guidance. You can even apply for performing rights for most titles direct from this site. Happy browsing!

Join us on Sat 8 Sep at this exciting new event for amateur theatre-makers Read more
We are proud and excited to announce the launch of two brand new plays in the Platform series by Tonic Theatre Read more
Our annual Edinburgh Fringe Report is out now and available on our blog page. This year, four intrepid amateur companies performing plays licensed by Nick Hern Books report back on how things went at the Edinburgh Fringe, and offer their Top Tips for any companies wanting to take on the Fringe in future years. Read more
Looking for inspiration? Here are some tried-and-tested plays to guarantee a sure-fire hit, have a look at this best-selling selection. Read more
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Tamara has been working at NHB since 2003. She can advise you on any aspect of applying for performing rights, or help you find the perfect play to perform. Get in touch...
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7-8 September 2018
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