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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...


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...


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,...


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 Mikvah Project (NHB Modern Plays)

by Josh Azouz Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

A playful and poignant play about two men who meet every Friday in a north-west London Mikvah, a traditional Jewish pool used for ritual cleansing.

Avi is married but childless. Eitan’s voice is breaking and...


Misty (NHB Modern Plays)

by Arinzé Kene Nick Hern Books (March 23, 2018)

An epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and underground soul of inner-city London.

Arinzé Kene's Misty is an inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, confronting...


Old Fools (NHB Modern Plays)

by Tristan Bernays Nick Hern Books (March 23, 2018)

The story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order.

Tristan Bernays’ Old Fools is a surprising and touching play...


Buggy Baby & The Mikvah Project: Two Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Josh Azouz Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

Two plays showcasing the exciting and distinctive voice of Josh Azouz.

Buggy Baby is a horror comedy about trying to build a normal life when nothing about life is normal.

Jaden, Nur and baby Aya have escaped...


Acceptance (NHB Modern Plays)

by Amy Ng Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

‘We’re supposed to be assessing their potential as college students, not conducting a quasi-criminal investigation.’

Out of 37,451 applicants to Eliot University, Angela stands out – but not for the right...


Peep (NHB Modern Plays)

by Jodi Gray Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

A darkly comic, claustrophobic tale of voyeurism and sexual politics.

In an apartment somewhere, May and Caitlin are on a mission to take back the looking. Up here, away from the prying, away from the eyes, they...


The Unmanageable Sisters (NHB Modern Plays)

by Michel Tremblay & Deirdre Kinahan Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

Green Shield stamps, a million of them, and Ger Lawless has won them all. It’s Ballymun, it’s 1973 and she’s got 15 friends round for a stamp-sticking party.

Over one night, the lives of 15 women collide...


The Approach (NHB Modern Plays)

by Mark O'Rowe Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Listen carefully…

Three women.

Three conversations.

As the details of what they share begin to diverge, we realise that a subtle game of survival is being played.

Both psychological puzzle and quietly devastating...


Cornermen (NHB Modern Plays)

by Oli Forsyth Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Mickey and his team of cornermen never seem to have much luck in the boxing world. The fighters they manage always end up losing and, after a disastrous last outing, no one wants to work with them.

All that changes...


Again (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephanie Jacob Nick Hern Books (February 20, 2018)

A once close-knit family of four is reunited after a long period of estrangement. This time, this time, it must go right.

In this touching and comic drama, Stephanie Jacob delves into the turmoil, love and compromises...


The Shadow Factory (NHB Modern Plays)

by Howard Brenton Nick Hern Books (February 20, 2018)

Autumn 1940. The Battle of Britain rages.

Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire. But, in one of many devastating raids on the town, the Luftwaffe destroy the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire...


Tumulus (NHB Modern Plays)

by Christopher Adams Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

Young men are dying and everyone assumes they’re just casualties of London’s chemsex scene. Everyone, that is, but Anthony, who is determined to investigate.

Christopher Adams' play Tumulus is a chilling,...


Glitter Punch (NHB Modern Plays)

by Lucy Burke Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A gritty, coming-of-age drama about first love.

Critically acclaimed during its run at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lucy Burke’s Glitter Punch – set in Greater Manchester – charts a troubling new...


Burkas and Bacon Butties (NHB Modern Plays)

by Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A heart-warming, clash-of-cultures comedy set in a Wigan taxi.

The play follows taxi-driver Ashraf and his twenty-something daughter, Shaz, over the course of a year as they negotiate the ups and downs of living...


Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sami Ibrahim Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

When bereaved mother Mary finds a disembodied arm, a conspiracy builds: maybe her child isn’t quite so dead after all.

Shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award, Sami Ibrahim’s Wind Bit Bitter, Bit...


The Strongbox (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephanie Jacob Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A story of domestic servitude and abuse of power, as authoritarian Kat, her ageing mother, Ma, and their teenaged slave, Maudie, jostle for power – and affection – in their dilapidated London home.

The Strongbox...


A Hundred Words for Snow (NHB Modern Plays)

by Tatty Hennessy Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

Depicting a teenage girl’s solo journey to the North Pole with her father’s ashes, A Hundred Words for Snow is a complex, epic and undulating story by Tatty Hennessy that pitches themes of death and rebirth...


Woman Caught Unaware (NHB Modern Plays)

by Annie Fox Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

A university professor is caught in a storm when an image of her in a changing room is shared online. Exploring how images of women are represented in art and social media, Annie Fox’s Woman Caught Unaware...


Dean McBride (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sonya Hale Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

Set in Croydon, South London, Dean McBride by Sonya Hale is a vivid and poetic story of deprivation, loss and redemption through love, which tells the story of Dean, a young man hardened by suffering, who struggles...


Yous Two (NHB Modern Plays)

by Georgia Christou Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Fifteen-year-old Billie has lived with her dad in their little flat for as long as she can remember, but all that’s about to change. She’s got big plans – get Dad a job, sort out her grades, and live in...


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...


Heretic Voices (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sonya Hale, Annie Fox & Tatty Hennessy Nick Hern Books (January 30, 2018)

This volume presents the best new writing in monologue form, celebrating unique voices with exceptional stories to tell. These three plays, finalists in the inaugural Heretic Voices competition, were first performed...


Plays from VAULT 3 (NHB Modern Plays)

by Christopher Adams, Lucy Burke, Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley et al. Nick Hern Books (February 15, 2018)

This anthology comprises five of the best plays from VAULT 2018, London’s biggest and most exciting arts festival.

Young men are dying and everyone assumes they’re just casualties of London’s chemsex scene....


The Red Shoes (NHB Modern Plays)

by Hans Christian Andersen & Nancy Harris Nick Hern Books (December 07, 2017)

An orphan girl, adopted by a wealthy Dublin family, is given a pair of beautiful red shoes. At first it appears her dreams have come true... but appearances can be very deceptive.

A contemporary retelling of...


Tuesdays at Tesco's (NHB Modern Plays)

by Emmanuel Darley, Matthew Hurt & Sarah Vermande Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

A touching one-person play about a person’s true identity, the first English-language adaptation of Emmanuel Darley’s hit play, Le Mardi à Monoprix.

Winner of both an Edinburgh Fringe First Award and the...


A Christmas Carol (NHB Modern Plays)

by Charles Dickens & David Edgar Nick Hern Books (January 20, 2017)

One ghostly Christmas night, cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge gets the fright of his life, discovers the truth about himself, and learns to love his neighbour.

This adaptation by David Edgar of the Charles...


Hanna (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sam Potter Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

A funny, heartfelt and compelling new play that asks what family means in a modern society, delicately weaving in questions of racial identity, economic privilege, and the lottery of birth.

Being a young mum...


Edward III

by William Shakespeare Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

RSC CLASSICS - a series of rarely performed plays from the 16th and 17th centuries, published alongside their resurrection by the RSC in Stratford and the West End in 2002/03.

Officially attributed to Shakespeare...


Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer (NHB Modern Plays)

by Michel Tremblay, Martin Bowman & Bill Findlay Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

A bold, quirky play from the renowned Quebecois writer, translated by Martin Bowman & Bill Findlay into a robust earthy Scots.

On six moonlit Montreal balconies on a sultry summer's evening, eleven people tell...


Rosmersholm (NHB Classic Plays)

by Henrik Ibsen & Mike Poulton Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

A portrait of idealism and democracy floundering in a society of conservatism and opportunism, considered by many to be Ibsen's dramatic masterpiece.

Johannes Rosmer has resigned as parish priest following the...


Nicholas Wright: Five Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Nicholas Wright Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

A rich selection of work from the late 1970s and 1980s, introduced by the playwright.

The plays contained in this volume are:

The Custom of the Country

An updating of Fletcher and Massinger's bawdy Jacobean drama....


Closing Time (NHB Modern Plays)

by Owen McCafferty Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

McCafferty's break-through play, a tender and comic portrait of love, dignity and emotional damage.

Vera is feisty but fading, Ronnie is washed up and permanently half-drunk. Together they run a grubby pub/hotel...


A Christmas Carol (NHB Modern Plays)

by Charles Dickens & Jack Thorne Nick Hern Books (January 12, 2017)

Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, brought to life in a joyous new adaptation by Jack Thorne.

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present...


Start Swimming (NHB Modern Plays)

by James Fritz Nick Hern Books (November 23, 2017)

A play about occupation, revolution and what the future holds for today’s youth.

One step away from disaster, there’s only one thing left to do: start swimming.

First staged by the Young Vic Taking Part department,...


Goats (NHB Modern Plays)

by Liwaa Yazji & Katharine Halls Nick Hern Books (January 12, 2017)

In a small town in Syria, soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda.

As coffins pile up, a local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each...


Comment is Free (NHB Modern Plays)

by James Fritz Nick Hern Books (November 23, 2017)

A journalist forms the centre of a devastating media storm in James Fritz's urgent, gripping and innovative play.

Winner of the Imison and Tinniswood Award for audio drama, 2017

After being staged by Old Vic New...


The Glove Thief (NHB Modern Plays)

by Beth Flintoff Nick Hern Books (January 12, 2017)

The year is 1569, and in a cold, stone room in a Staffordshire castle, a group of women sew elaborate tapestries. Rich or poor, at home or held against their will, four women’s lives intersect on the point...


Red (NHB Modern Plays)

by Somalia Seaton Nick Hern Books (January 12, 2017)

When her best friend Jay goes missing, Dee withdraws into a twilight world of fragmented memories and conversations, shattered by her grief. Where should she look for Jay? What did she miss? What did Jay say?...


Trestle (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stewart Pringle Nick Hern Books (November 18, 2017)

Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down, his autumn years spent quietly caring for the community he loves. Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school....


Imperium: The Cicero Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Robert Harris & Mike Poulton Nick Hern Books (January 12, 2017)

Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, devotes all his energy and cunning to preserve the rule of law, and defend Rome’s Republic against the predatory attacks of political rivals, discontented aristocrats,...


Bad Roads (NHB Modern Plays)

by Natal’ya Vorozhbit & Sasha Dugdale Nick Hern Books (January 12, 2017)

In the darkest recesses of Ukraine, a war is raging.

A journalist takes a research trip to the front line. Teenage girls wait for soldiers on benches. A medic mourns her lover killed in action.

Natal'ya Vorozhbit's...


Baby Dolls (NHB Modern Plays)

by Tamara von Werthern Nick Hern Books (November 18, 2017)

A futuristic comedy about conception, state control and rebellion.

Three women meet at a baby shower. But darker things than cupcakes and babygrows are on their mind.