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Nick Hern Books (UK)


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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Othello (Frantic Assembly version)

Frantic Assembly's electrifying take on Shakespeare's tragedy of paranoia, sex and murder, firmly rooted in a volatile twenty-first century.

In a world of broken glass and shattered promises, of poisonous ...

The P Word

Zafar flees homophobic persecution in Pakistan to seek asylum in the UK. Londoner Bilal (or Billy as he prefers to be known) is ground down by years of Grindr and the complexity of being a brown gay man. ...

The Snail House

Sir Neil Marriot had a "good pandemic," becoming familiar to millions from his TV appearances as a government medical advisor. His service even earned him a knighthood, and he is now rewarding himself ...

Girl from the North Country (2022 edition)

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge. Lost and lonely people huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth ...

Voices from Ukraine

Two powerful plays about the shattering impact of war, and the astonishing resilience of those living through it, written by two of Ukraine's leading playwrights.

'They've mobilised all the living now, ...

The Trials

The near future. The climate emergency is gathering pace, and our generation is being judged.

The jurors are children. But are they delivering justice – or just taking revenge?

Dawn King's searing play  ...

Happy Meal

Starting in the quaint days of dial-up and MSN, Happy Meal is a funny, moving and nostalgic story of transition, following two initial strangers on their journeys from teen to adult; from MySpace to ...

Medea (National Theatre of Scotland version)

By Euripides
Adapted by Liz Lochhead

Medea and Jason, clinging together as refugees in Corinth, have struggled to bring up their beloved offspring in this alien and unsympathetic society. Now Jason has a plan to better integrate himself. ...

Age is a Feeling

By Haley McGee
Illustrated by Jason Logan

Your life from the day you turn twenty-five through to your death. All the chances you get to change course and all the things you leave unsaid.

Inspired by interviews with hospice workers, conversations ...

Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen

A permanently single, professionally neurotic stand-up comedian finally meets his Mr Right – and then does everything wrong.

Is Mr Right quite what he seems? And just how far will the comedian go to ...