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Getting into Drama School: The Compact Guide

by Nick Moseley Nick Hern Books (July 19, 2019)

This encouraging, no-nonsense guide walks you through the whole process of applying for drama school – including doing your initial research, selecting the right school for you, choosing and preparing your...

National Youth Theatre Monologues

by Michael Bryher Nick Hern Books (September 10, 2018)

An invaluable new collection of audition speeches drawn from material produced by world-leading youth arts organisation the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Edited by NYT Associate Artist Michael Bryher,...

Puppetry: How to Do It

by Meryvn Millar Nick Hern Books (July 27, 2018)

A practical, accessible and inspiring guide to using puppetry in theatre – the perfect entry point for anyone looking to use puppets in their productions, to explore what puppets can do, or to develop their...

Brecht: A Practical Handbook

by David Zoob Nick Hern Books (May 25, 2018)

A bold and exciting new approach to Bertolt Brecht, making his theories and ideas about theatre accessible to a new generation of actors, directors, students and theatre-makers, and showing how they can be put...

Kenneth Tynan: Theatre Writings

by Kenneth Tynan, Dominic Shellard & Tom Stoppard Nick Hern Books (March 26, 2018)

The best of Kenneth Tynan's theatre criticism, selected and edited by his biographer Dominic Shellard - with a foreword by Tom Stoppard.

This volume is an edited selection of theatre criticism by one of the most...

The Improviser's Way

by Katy Schutte Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

An inspiring and interactive workbook to help you develop skills for longform improvisation, by one of the UK’s top improv performers and teachers.

Structured as a twelve-week course, this book provides techniques,...

Telling the Truth

by Robin Belfield Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

A practical guide to creating and producing verbatim theatre, by an experienced theatre-maker and practitioner.

Verbatim theatre is fashioned from words actually spoken by real people in real situations, and...

Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries

by Antony Sher Nick Hern Books (March 15, 2018)

In 1982, rising actor Antony Sher played the Fool to Michael Gambon’s King in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear. Shortly after, he came back to Stratford to play Richard III – a breakthrough...

Shakespeare on Theatre

by William Shakespeare & Nick de Somogyi Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

A unique collection of Shakespeare's every reflection on the theatre, offering fascinating insights into the man, his work, and the world of the Jacobean stage.

Shakespeare was a man of the theatre to his core,...

Tackling Text [and subtext]

by Barbara Houseman Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

An intensely practical handbook for actors on how to cope with text, subtext, character and situation. Preface by Kenneth Branagh.

Having helped the actor with basic vocal technique in her enormously successful...

Meisner in Practice

by Nick Moseley Nick Hern Books (January 08, 2017)

A step-by-step introduction to the key features of the Meisner Technique, including a full set of practical exercises.

The Meisner Technique is at the forefront of actor training today: with its radical simplicity...

?Words into Action

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

Packed with insights from a lifetime of directing theatre, Words into Action is a fascinating read and a vital masterclass for actors and directors.

Renowned theatre director William Gaskill was one of the founders...

Playing the Mask

by John Wright Nick Hern Books (October 31, 2017)

In Playing the Mask, award-winning theatre-maker and teacher John Wright explores and demystifies mask-work: what masks do, how they do it, and, above all, what they can teach us about acting.

This book is a...

Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus

by Marina Caldarone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams Nick Hern Books (November 05, 2017)

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson.

Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation...

Stage Management

by Gail Pallin Nick Hern Books (October 11, 2017)

The highly successful "Bible for any stage manager", now in a revised and updated edition.

The stage manager is at the core of every successful theatre production. He or she organises, manages and runs rehearsals...

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Going To The Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)

by West End Producer Nick Hern Books (November 30, 2017)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the West End…

West End Producer, the masked man of Theatreland and author of the definitive guide to acting*, returns with the ultimate guide to the theatregoing...

Playing Commedia

by Barry Grantham Nick Hern Books (November 17, 2017)

A practical guide to the skills, characters and history of Commedia Dell'Arte through graded games and illustrated exercises - a useful tool in any actor's training and a discipline for all forms of physical...

Finding Your Voice

by Barbara Houseman Nick Hern Books (November 25, 2010)

A Complete Voice Training Manual For Actors

A simple, step-by-step manual, written by an RSC voice coach, which offers everything that an actor needs to work on their voice. Suitable for actors at all levels,...

Shakespeare on Stage: Volume 2

by Julian Curry Nick Hern Books (March 28, 2017)

‘This book gives some of the very best of Shakespeare’s twenty-first-century colleagues an opportunity to share insights that can only come from playing him’ Nicholas Hytner, from his Foreword

Twelve leading...

Drama Games for Actors

by Thomasina Unsworth Nick Hern Books (March 28, 2017)

From the bestselling Drama Games series, this dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book offers dozens of games to serve as a rich source of ideas and inspiration for all actors – and those teaching or...

Writing Music for the Stage

by Michael Bruce Nick Hern Books (June 02, 2016)

The definitive guide to writing music for the stage, by the Composer-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse.

Music has played a vital part in drama since the earliest days of theatre. For composers, writing music...

Creating Worlds: How to Make Immersive Theatre

by Jason Warren Nick Hern Books (May 20, 2017)

A practical guide to creating successful immersive theatre productions, by an experienced theatre-maker and practitioner.

Placing the audience at the heart of a production - not as passive bystanders...

Contemporary Duologues Collection: Two Men | Two Women | One Man & One Woman

by Trilby James Nick Hern Books (March 28, 2017)


Helping you select and perform the audition piece that is best suited to your performing skills

This collection, available only as an ebook, combines the material available in the separate...

The Voice Exercise Book: A Guide to Healthy and Effective Voice Use

by Jeannette Nelson Nick Hern Books (March 16, 2017)

Fall in love with your voice. Get to know how it works. You will soon feel how good it is to sound like you.

In The Voice Exercise Book, Jeannette Nelson - Head of Voice at the National Theatre - shares the...