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Maydays (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Edgar Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

Maydays tells the story of the twenty-somethings who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics; of defection from East to West as well as from Left to Right. David Edgar's play is told through...


Trying It On (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Edgar Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

It’s 1968. David is twenty. It is the height of the worldwide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Enoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will...


Rathmines Road (NHB Modern Plays)

by Deirdre Kinahan Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

Will truth out?

Set over one evening, Rathmines Road by Deirdre Kinahan is a play that rages in a tiny room. Fraught, funny and ferocious, it testifies to the pain of carrying the memory of sexual assault throughout...


The Sweet Science of Bruising (NHB Modern Plays)

by Joy Wilkinson Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

London, 1869. Four very different Victorian women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected...


Valued Friends (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Valued Friends is a comedy of manners about the property market which won both the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards when it was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1989.

Four people...


The Clink (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

A riotously funny satirical farce in the tradition of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Shakespeare in Love, from the author of The Libertine.

Elizabeth I is tottering at death's door. Conspirators are...


A Going Concern (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

A play about a washed-up family business, from the author of The Libertine.

1966. The technological revolution has not yet reached Chapel & Sons, an ailing family business making billiard tables. In the dilapidated...


Interruptions (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Interruptions is inspired by Stephen Jeffreys’ interest in the collective aspect of politics and his fascination with the Japanese aesthetic principle of Jo-ha-kyu. The play was first performed at UC Davis,...


Finsbury Park (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Published here for the first time, Finsbury Park is a very likable, short autobiographical monologue, that was first performed as part of the Come to Where I'm From festival at the Park Theatre, London, in 2016....


The Fishermen (NHB Modern Plays)

by Chigozie Obioma & Gbolahan Obisesan Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they keep coming back until one day a madman’s prophecy changes...


Blackthorn (NHB Modern Plays)

by Charley Miles Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them.

Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play Blackthorn...


Drip Feed & The Half Of It (NHB Modern Plays)

by Karen Cogan Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Two rich and startling monologues from award-winning actor and playwright Karen Cogan.

Cork, 1998. An obsessive odyssey through the city. Dancing on tables, 3 a.m. breakfast rolls and waking up, polluted, on...


How to Spot an Alien (NHB Modern Plays)

by Georgia Christou Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? Twelve-year-old Jelly and her brother, Jonjo, have their suspicions. She won’t let them...


The Political History of Smack and Crack (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ed Edwards Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Crackling with anger, humour and authenticity, Ed Edwards’ play The Political History of Smack and Crack chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism.

Shot...


The Prisoner (NHB Modern Plays)

by Peter Brook & Marie-Hélène Estienne Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Somewhere in the world, a man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and why is he there? Is it a choice, or a punishment?

With The Prisoner, the internationally renowned theatre director Peter Brook and his...


Stephen Jeffreys: Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (July 27, 2018)

A selection of the best work of Stephen Jeffreys, whose career stretches from an award-winning play at the National Student Drama Festival in 1977 through to an adaptation of The Alchemist for the RSC in 2016....


CLASS (NHB Modern Plays)

by Iseult Golden & David Horan Nick Hern Books (July 27, 2018)

Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently separated – never liked school, never liked...


Kipps

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Kipps is the story of Arthur “Artie” Kipps, an illegitimate orphan raised by his aunt and uncle on the southern coast of England in the town of New Romney. Kipps falls in love with neighbor friend Ann Pornick...


The Grand Babylon Hotel

by Arnold Bennett Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

When Theodore Racksole—one of the richest men in America, and consequently the world—sits down in London’s Grand Babylon Hotel and orders a beefsteak and a bottle of beer, he isn’t aware that he’s...


Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes...


The Woodlanders

by Thomas Hardy Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Grace Melbury, daughter of a rich local wood-trader, has been raised beyond her family through years of expensive education. Coming home, she finds herself pulled between her love for her childhood friend Giles...


Grotty & Brute: Two Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Izzy Tennyson Nick Hern Books (May 14, 2018)

Two unflinching plays from exciting new writer and performer, Izzy Tennyson.

Grotty is a dark and savage exploration of the London lesbian scene. A couple of little sad old basements that drip with sweat and...


The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (NHB Modern Plays)

by Chris Bush & Matt Winkworth Nick Hern Books (May 04, 2018)

A shocking crime divides the nation. Fingers are pointed, sides are drawn, facts are hard to come by. Why did this happen? How do we move on? What must we remember?

It’s easy to have an opinion online, safe...


The Writer (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ella Hickson Nick Hern Books (April 26, 2018)

A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story.

Ella Hickson's new play,...


Gut (NHB Modern Plays)

by Frances Poet Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year-old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust in...


Mayfly (NHB Modern Plays)

by Joe White Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Ben thinks his family might be better off without him, but his wife Cat has read her stars: ‘Today a very special person will appear from out the blue.’

Their daughter Loops is getting ready for a date. It’s...


Nine Night (NHB Modern Plays)

by Natasha Gordon Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Family, food, music and mourning.

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death...


Plastic (NHB Modern Plays)

by Kenneth Emson Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

Kev used to be captain of the school football team. Scored the winner in the All-Essex Schools Cup Final. He used to have a girlfriend called Lisa; she wore a fitted blazer, and lit up the playground.

Ben used...


Secret Life of Humans (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Byrne Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

In 1949, scientist and mathematician Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a hidden, locked room in his house.

Fifty years later, his grandson discovers the secrets contained in the room, unearthing echoes from across...


The Winter’s Tale (Annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an Introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (April 17, 2018)

Originally published in the First Folio of 1623, William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” is a play which has been classified by some critics as a comedy and by others as a romance. The confusion arises...


The Cherry Orchard and Other Plays

by Anton Chekhov Digireads.com Publishing (April 17, 2018)

Collected in this volume are five of Chekhov’s most popular dramatic works: “Ivanov”, “The Sea-Gull”, “Uncle Vanya”, “Three Sisters” and “The Cherry Orchard”. Firstly in “Ivanov” we...


Chekhov on Theatre

by Anton Chekhov, Stephen Mulrine, Peter Urban & Jutta Hercher Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

A unique collection of everything that Chekhov wrote about the theatre.

Chekhov started writing about theatre in newspaper articles and in his own letters even before he began writing plays. Later, he wrote in...


Disconnect (NHB Modern Plays)

by Anupama Chandrasekhar Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

An urgent exposé of the realities behind the international call centre.

Your credit card is maxed out, and you hang up the phone on Ross chasing your payments. But Ross is actually Roshan and though the sun...


Vicuña

by Jon Robin Baitz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2018)

A play centering on the tensions between a political demagogue and the tailor who makes his suit

In his Upper East Side atelier, a bespoke tailor, Anselm Kassar, is persuaded by the vulgar real estate mogul turned...


Henry V

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to be written in 1599. It is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt...


The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his...


Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Much Ado About Nothing is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare set in Messina, Sicily about a pair of lovers named Claudio and Hero due to be married in a week. To pass the time before their wedding day...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare based on the novel Rosalynde by Thomas Lodge, believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600. It features one of Shakespeare's most famous and...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays by modern standards. Hinging on the courtship between the arrogant Petruchio and the "shrew" of the title Katherina, it is unclear...


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding households. It was among Shakespeare's...


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and while it shares certain aspects with Shakespeare's...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator of the same name, his assassination and its aftermath. It is one...


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare, originally classified as a comedy, though now often counted as one of his problem plays, so-called because they cannot be easily classified as tragedy...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Macbeth is among the best-known of William Shakespeare's plays, and is his shortest tragedy, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is frequently performed at both amateur and professional levels,...


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Tempest is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. It is generally dated to 1610-11 and accepted as the last play written solely by him, although some scholars have argued for an earlier dating. While listed...


Pericles, Prince of Tyre

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Perhaps one of Shakespeare's most adventure-filled plays, ""Pericles"" follows the extended sailing journeys of a young prince. Pericles is forced to flee Antioch when he correctly guesses a riddle that reveals...


Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Cymbeline is a play by William Shakespeare, based on an early Celtic British King. Although listed as a tragedy in the First Folio, modern critics often classify it as a romance. Like Othello, Measure for Measure,...


Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1602. The play (also described as one of Shakespeare's problem plays) is not a conventional tragedy, since its protagonist...


King Lear

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606, and is considered one of his greatest works. The play is based on the legend of King Leir of Britain. It has...