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Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children

by Nesbit & Rackham Racehorse (November 06, 2018)

William Shakespeare is arguably the most pivotal and widely read figure in the history of English literature. This comprehensive collection highlights some of the bard’s best works, adapted to be more easily...


The Choephori

by Aeschylus Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Produced in 458 BC, Aeschylus' Choephori stands as the second play in the Oresteian trilogy. The bloodshed begun in the first play with the murder of Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra is here continued when...


Eumenides

by Aeschylus Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Sommerstein presents a freshly constituted text, with introduction and commentary, of Eumenides, the climactic play of the only surviving complete Greek tragic trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus. Of all Athenian...


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...


Kathleen Turner on Acting

by Kathleen Turner & Dustin Morrow Skyhorse (September 18, 2018)

Few actors have had a career as dynamic as that Kathleen Turner's; success has followed her from the television screen to major blockbusters, from indie films to the theater stage. Over her forty-year career,...


Steel (NHB Modern Plays)

by Chris Bush Nick Hern Books (August 22, 2018)

The top candidate without question, Vanessa was made to be Mayor. Thirty years prior, Josie just wants things to change and seeks a seat on the local council.

Chris Bush's play Steel explores the last three decades...


Stop/Over (NHB Modern Plays)

by Gary Duggan Nick Hern Books (August 22, 2018)

A day and a night in the city that never sleeps.

A young woman arrives into JFK with time to kill until her departure tomorrow. She looks up an old college friend who lives in the city. With thirty-one hours...


Drip Feed (NHB Modern Plays)

by Karen Cogan Nick Hern Books (August 22, 2018)

A rich and startling monologue 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 the...


The Half Of It (NHB Modern Plays)

by Karen Cogan Nick Hern Books (August 22, 2018)

The first play written by award-winning actor and playwright Karen Cogan.

The Half Of It is a relentless, darkly lyrical monologue about a life, lived unseen, which won the Stewart Parker Award in 2018 after...


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...


An Enemy of the People (translated by R. Farquharson Sharp with an introduction by Otto Heller)

by Henrik Ibsen Digireads.com Publishing (June 01, 2018)

First performed in 1882, Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” is the story of the animosity that can befall someone whose actions, while in the best interest of the public good, threaten the economic...


Titus Andronicus (annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (June 01, 2018)

Widely accepted as Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy, “Titus Andronicus” is the bloody story of a Roman general engaged in terrible revenge with the Queen of the Goths, Tamora. The play begins with Titus...


Measure for Measure (annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (June 01, 2018)

Originally published in the First Folio of 1623, “Measure for Measure” is William Shakespeare’s play which was likely written sometime in 1603 or 1604. The play begins with Vincentio, the Duke of Vienna,...


Richard II (annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (June 01, 2018)

The first play in William Shakespeare’s tetralogy of plays which also includes “Henry IV, Part 1”, “Henry IV, Part 2”, and “Henry V”, “Richard II” is believed to have been written around 1595....


Coriolanus (annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (June 01, 2018)

One of the last tragedies written by William Shakespeare, “Coriolanus” is the story of the legendary 5th century BC Roman general Caius Martius, later given the honorary name Coriolanus. Based largely on...


Ella Hickson Plays: One (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ella Hickson Nick Hern Books (May 15, 2018)

When her first play, Eight, transferred from student theatre in Edinburgh to the West End and then New York, Ella Hickson was still in her early twenties. She has since built on that promise with a series of...


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...