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Nick Hern Books (UK)

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Nick Hern Books is a London-based independent specialist publisher of plays, theatre books, and screenplays. Their list includes work by many of the UK’s preeminent playwrights, as well as some of the most exciting emerging writers. They work with major theatres across the UK and in Ireland to publish new plays alongside their premieres. Nick Hern Books titles are available in Canada through Playwrights Canada Press.

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Uncle Vanya (Chekhov/McPherson)

In the heat of summer, Sonya and her Uncle Vanya while away their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited occasionally by the only local doctor Astrov.

However, when Sonya's father, ...

The Welkin

Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework ...

Flights and Sink

Two plays about contemporary life in Ireland, from award-winning writer John O'Donovan.

On the outskirts of Ennis, on a dark and stormy night, three men gather for the anniversary of a childhood friend, ...

The Small Hours

It's the middle of the night, and Peebs and Epi are the only students left at school over half-term. At the end of their night out, former step-siblings Red and Jazz try to navigate their reunion. With ...

When They Go Low

When social media goes into a frenzy over pictures of a girl at a party, Louise's teacher lectures all the schoolgirls on taking more responsibility for their actions. Enraged that it's them getting reprimanded—and ...

The Tyler Sisters

Three women, forty years, one ever-evolving bond.

Fake sick days, Stonehenge, roller skates, champagne and glow-in-the-dark stars.

The Tyler Sisters is a funny, heartening exploration of time, and the ...

Swive [Elizabeth]

Elizabeth I is the only unmarried woman to have ever ruled England. And she reigned for forty-four years. Mastermind. Seductress. Survivor.

Created by award-winning writer Ella Hickson and director Natalie ...

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (stage version)

By Mary Shelley
Adapted by Rona Munro

An eighteen-year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come.

A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a ...

The Jungle Book (Jessica Swale stage version)

By Rudyard Kipling
Adapted by Jessica Swale
By (composer) Joe Stilgoe

Rudyard Kipling's beloved tale of family, belonging and identity has been reimagined in this acclaimed adaptation by Jessica Swale, with original songs by Joe Stilgoe.  

The Jungle Book tells the story ...

The Arrival

When Tom and Samad meet for the first time, they are stunned by the similarities they share. In spite of Tom's adoption and all the years spent apart, the two brothers are joined by an undeniable biological ...