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Guide to Plays for Performance: new supplement out now!

Friday 8 February 2013

The new supplement to our Guide to Plays for Performance is available now to download FREE from this site.

Containing cast details, plot synopses and extracts from our latest plays for performance by amateur performance - including Howard Brenton's 55 Days, the Paptango New Writing 2012 winner Pack and an adaptation of Robert Westall's classic children's novel The Machine Gunners - it's an essential resource for any schools or amateur companies looking to choose their next show or plan the new season.

Visit our Guide to Plays for Performance page to download the supplement now. You can also download previous supplements and the main Guide from the same page.

Lastly, make sure you sign up here to receive future supplements as soon as they're released.

Kate Brower, Performing Rights Manager (Maternity Cover)

The new supplement to our Guide to Plays for Performance is available now to download FREE from this site.
Guide to Plays for Performance: new supplement out now!

Win tickets to Great Expectations in the West End with Nick Hern Books' Silver Ticket Giveaway

Tuesday 22 January 2013

UPDATE - 12:05, 1/2/13: THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. LOOK OUT FOR ANOTHER SILVER TICKET GIVEAWAY 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.

The first Silver Ticket Giveaway show is:

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Jo Clifford

Thanks to the folks at Beckman Unicorn Productions, we’ve got two tickets to give away to the 15:00 matinee performance at the Vaudeville Theatre, London on Saturday 23 February. 

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

To celebrate our anniversary, throughout the year we're teaming up with theatres and producers to offer you the chance to win tickets to some of the shows we're involved in, plus a free copy of the playscript, starting with Great Expectations.
Win tickets to Great Expectations in the West End with Nick Hern Books' Silver Ticket Giveaway

Nick Hern Books plays and authors nominated for Whatsonstage.com Awards 2013

Friday 7 December 2012

The shortlists for the Whatsonstage.com Awards 2013 were announced today (7 December), with a number of NHB authors and plays among the nominees.

Howard Brenton’s historical drama 55 Days is nominated for Best New Play. Set in December 1648, it depicts the political struggle that followed the English Civil War, as a group of Parliamentarians try to determine the nation’s future and decide what to do with their imprisoned monarch. 55 Days premiered at Hampstead Theatre in October. Mark Gatiss is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his role as King Charles II.

NSFW, a biting satire set in the world of print media by Lucy Kirkwood, is shortlisted for the Time Out Award for Best New Comedy. Praised by the Telegraph as a ‘dramatically gripping… richly absorbing and inventive play’, it premiered at the Royal Court in October. Lucy has also written plays for the National Theatre, Bush Theatre, Gate Theatre and pioneering companies Headlong and Clean Break.

Also nominated for Best New Comedy is The Last of the Haussmans, the debut play by Stephen Beresford. A funny, touching and at times savage family drama, the play examines the fate of the revolutionary 1960s generation through an enthralling domestic story. The Last of the Haussmans premiered at the National Theatre in June. The production is also recognised in two other categories: Best Actress in a Play (Julie Walters) and Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Helen McCrory).

Gbolahan Obisesan’s Mad About the Boy is shortlisted for the Boom Ents Award for Best Off-West End Production. An urgent, razor-sharp drama exploring the growing generational divide, Mad About the Boy premiered at Underbelly as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, where it won a Fringe First Award before going on to tour the UK in 2012. Gbolahan also won the 2009 Jerwood Directors’ Award at the Young Vic.

A number of other plays published by Nick Hern Books have also been shortlisted in various categories. They include: Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim (five nominations including Best Musical Revival), the Eugene O’Neill plays Long Day’s Journey into Night (three nominations including Best Play Revival) and Desire Under the Elms (Best Off-West End Production) and Enda Walsh’s Misterman (Best Solo Performance).

Other NHB authors have also been recognised for their work in various categories this year. Andy Nyman, author of The Golden Rules of Acting, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Abigail’s Party. Mark Rylance, author of I Am Shakespeare, is nominated for Best Actor in a Play for his roles in Twelfth Night and Richard III. Simon Callow, author of My Life in Pieces, picks up a nomination for Best Solo Performance for A Christmas Carol, and Greg Doran, author of Shakespeare’s Lost Play, gets a nod for Best Director for the RSC’s Julius Caesar.

The Whatsonstage.com Awards are voted for by the public, with the winners announced on 17 February at an Awards Concert at the Palace Theatre. Voting is now open and remains so until 31 January – click here to pick your winners.

NHB plays and authors feature strongly across a range of categories for next year's Whatsonstage.com Awards as public voting opens.
Books :
  • Mad About the Boy
  • The Last of the Haussmans
  • NSFW
  • 55 Days

Nick Hern Books partners Salisbury Playhouse to find new play for young people

Monday 26 November 2012

Nick Hern Books has joined forces with Salisbury Playhouse, Out of Joint, the BBC Writersroom and the National Association of Youth Theatres to launch A Play for the Nation’s Youth, a new competition to discover the next great play for young people.

The chosen playwright will win £1000 seed commission and will be given support including dramaturgy, mentoring, theatre workshops and a public staged reading with professional actors and young people. There is also the possibility that a successful development period could lead to a production and publication.

Each writer is asked to submit at least 25 pages of a new and unperformed piece for young people aged 11-19 years which can either be an original play or an adaptation of a copyright free text. There should be roles for at least 20 young people but adult roles may also feature.

Award-winning playwright and NHB author Fin Kennedy, who has frequently worked in collaboration with school children, says:

‘Youth theatre is where I started out, and where many of the playwrights, actors and directors of tomorrow still try out their skills. It's a sector we should rightly be nurturing so it's great to see such an imaginative professional partnership coming together to do just that. I wish them all the best and will be watching the results with interest!'

For more information, including instructions on how to submit your play, click here.

Nick Hern Books has a strong tradition of publishing plays for young people, including works by leading playwrights such as Fin Kennedy and Stuart Paterson. Recent publications include Ali Taylor’s adaptation of Robert Westall’s Carnegie medal-winning novel The Machine Gunners, Mike Kenny’s dramatisation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale The Wind in the Willows, and Helen Edmundson and Neil Hannon’s version of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, which was nominated for the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards 2012.

Nick Hern Books has joined forces with Salisbury Playhouse and a group of other organisations to launch a new competition to discover the next great play for young people.

Guide to Plays for Performance: new supplement out now!

Tuesday 16 October 2012

The new supplement to our Guide to Plays for Performance is available now to download FREE from this site.

Containing cast details, plot synopses and extracts from our latest plays for performance by amateur performance - including Mark Rylance's I Am Shakespeare, a new version of Great Expectations by Jo Clifford and Sandi Toksvig's Bully Boy - it's an essential resource for any schools or amateur companies looking for something fresh to perform.

Visit our Guide to Plays for Performance page to download the supplement now. You can also download previous supplements and the main Guide from the same page.

Lastly, make sure you sign up here to receive future supplements as soon as they're released.

Tamara von Werthern, Performing Rights Manager

The new supplement to our Guide to Plays for Performance is available now to download FREE from this site.
Guide to Plays for Performance: new supplement out now!

TWITTER feed now live!

Tuesday 16 October 2012

We are excited to launch an exclusive NHB Plays To Perform Twitter feed, to keep even more closely in touch with our amateur theatre groups, playwrights and the theatre world in general. We aim to bring you updates on what to go and see in the theatre, new amateur rights releases, news of what your fellow groups are up to and much more...

Do share your rehearsal photos with us, and post reviews of your productions. There will be chances to win play scripts and even royalty-free performances of our most popular plays, so please do follow us on @NHBperforming to keep on top of all that we have to offer!

Tweets are from our Performing Rights Manager

Tamara von Werthern

 

Exciting news: NHB launches new NHB Plays To Perform Twitter feed for anyone interested in amateur theatre
TWITTER feed now live!