With VAULT Festival now underway in London's Waterloo, we have seven of the best plays from the festival in our new anthology, Plays from VAULT 4. We speak to all the authors about their plays, and what it means to them to be included in the festival and book.

Plus, terrific new plays from Sam Steiner, Chinonyerem Odimba, Rose Lewenstein, Amy Herzog and Annie Baker; a scorching debut play from Holly Robinson; and the psychological thriller Alys, Always at London's Bridge Theatre.

All that, and news of prizewinners at the Critics' Circle and Off-West End Awards...

Happy theatregoing!
Plays from VAULT 4
Plays from VAULT 4

Seven of the best plays from VAULT Festival 2019, London's biggest and most exciting arts festival, now underway in London's Waterloo. 'A major London festival… showcasing new and rising talent' Independent
Contemporary Monologues for Teenagers
Contemporary Monologues for Teenagers
ed. Trilby James

Two new titles in our Good Audition Guide series, each with forty fantastic speeches for teenagers, by some of the best writers working today. Essential reading for any teenager approaching an audion.
Alys, Always
Alys, Always

Harriet Lane, adapt. Lucinda Coxon

A psychological thriller exploring privilege and entitlement, adapted from Harriet Lane's gripping novel. Premiering later this month at the Bridge Theatre, London, directed by Nicholas Hytner.
You Stupid Darkness!
You Stupid Darkness!
Sam Steiner
An hilarious new play by Sam Steiner about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a world falling apart. Paines Plough at Theatre Royal Plymouth this month. 'Steiner makes us beam as the world burns' Guardian
Rose Lewenstein
Rose Lewenstein's new play, premiering this month at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in a co-production with English Touring Theatre, is about what – and who – we consume. 'Visceral and disturbing' Guardian
Mary Jane
Mary Jane

Amy Herzog

A moving new play from the author of Belleville, about the stalwart endurance of a devoted mother. Winner of the 2018 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. From our US associates, Theatre Communications Group.
Princess & The Hustler
Princess & The Hustler
Chinonyerem Odimba
A delightful play about a ten-year-old beauty contestant, set against Black British Civil Rights marches in the Sixties. At Bristol Old Vic this month, then touring in a co-production with Eclipse Theatre Company and Hull Truck.
soft animals
soft animals
Holly Robinson
A tender and unflinching debut play about motherhood, self-destruction and the way women help each other heal. Shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award, soft animals is at Soho Theatre, London, this month.
The Antipodes
The Antipodes

Annie Baker

The new play from the author of The Flick and John is part satire, part sacred rite – an exploration of what value stories have for a world in crisis. From our US associates, Theatre Communications Group.
VAULT blog
'VAULT is a beacon of awesomeness in the depths of winter.'

To mark the publication of Plays from VAULT 4, a superlative anthology of seven of the best plays from this year's VAULT Festival, we spoke to each of the writers about their plays, what it's like to be part of the festival, and their highlights from this year's programme.

Check out our blog page here.
All seven plays included in our Plays from VAULT 4 collection are now available as individual ebooks, either from your usual ebook retailer, or direct from Nick Hern Books - where, like all our ebooks, they are available at a 20% discount!

3 Billion Seconds by Maud Dromgoole
Alcatraz by Nathan Lucky Wood
Collapsible by Margaret Perry
Inside Voices by Nabilah Said
Open by Christopher Adams and Timothy Allsop
Thrown by Jodi Gray

Visit our website now to see the full range of our ebooks.
Natasha Gordon
Natasha Gordon was named Most Promising Playwright at the Critics' Circle Awards on 29 January for her debut play Nine Night, which premiered at the National Theatre in 2018 and is at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End until 23 February. Gordon, who had already won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, is also performing in the play.

In a great night for Nick Hern Books authors, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical Company, in the reimagined version directed by Marianne Elliott, won Best Musical.

Meanwhile, at the Off-West End Awards on 3 February, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's Br'er Cotton, seen at Theatre503 in 2018, won Best Play, while Joe White won Most Promising Playwright for his debut play Mayfly, which premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre last year, and Arinzé Kene's Misty, first seen at the Bush Theatre in 2018, won Best Performance Piece.

Congratulations to our talented authors on their success
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