This month we've got a great selection of new plays for you, including the Papatango Prize-winning Shook, Samuel Bailey's hilarious and provocative play about three young offenders facing up to fatherhood; The Arrival, the debut play from acclaimed theatre director Bijan Sheibani; and Jessica Swale's inventive new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.

For actors and improvisers, we've got Improv Beyond Rules: A Practical Guide to Narrative Improvisation by Adam Meggido, the man behind Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and the director of Mischief Theatre's West End hit, Peter Pan Goes Wrong.

There's a virtual shelf-full of new ebooks, plus an audiobook version of Peter Brook's The Quality of Mercy, read by Michael Pennington.

And, to celebrate our clean-sweep in the nominations for this year's Evening Standard Best Play Award, we've got a very special deal on all four nominated plays. Full details below.

Happy #LoveTheatreDay!
OUT NOW & COMING SOON
Shook
Shook
Samuel Bailey

The Papatango Prize-winning play about three young men locked up in a young offender institution, awaiting fatherhood. At Southwark Playhouse this month prior to a UK tour. 'A fantastic debut... boy it punches home' BBC Radio 4, Saturday Review
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
adapt. Rona Munro

A brilliant new adaptation of the Gothic masterpiece, placing Mary Shelley herself amongst the action as she wrestles with the stark realities facing young women, then and now.
The Last Noel
COMING SOON:
The Last Noël
Chris Bush

A funny, moving, uplifting play with original songs, touring South West London this month prior to the Old Fire Station, Oxford.
Improv Beyond Rules
COMING SOON:
Improv Beyond Rules
Adam Meggido

An inspiring, hands-on guide to narrative improvisation, by the co-creator and director of the Olivier Award-winning improv show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
The Arrival
The Arrival
Bijan Sheibani

Two brothers, separated at birth but joined by an undeniable biological bond. A drama about obsession, betrayal and the human need to belong, from award-winning director Bijan Sheibani. At the Bush Theatre, London, this month.
Spiderfly
Spiderfly
John Webber

A taut thriller exploring the aftermath of trauma, by EastEnders actor John Webber. Premiering at Theatre503, London, this month. 'Tantalising... distinctly edgy' Guardian
Germ Free Adolescent
Germ Free Adolescent
Natalie Mitchell
 
A fierce, funny and irreverent OCD love story that asks: what exactly is 'normal' anyway? Premiered at The Bunker, London, earlier this month.
Teenage Dick
COMING SOON:
Teenage Dick
Mike Lew

A darkly comic retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III, exploring the lust for power in an American high school. Published alongside its UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in December.
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
adapt. Jessica Swale
& Joe Stilgoe

 
An acclaimed new version of Rudyard Kipling's much-loved classic, fresh from a UK tour, packed with memorable characters, catchy songs and brilliant storytelling. 'Fresh, ambitious and inventive' The Times
Unknown Rivers
Unknown Rivers
Chinonyerem Odimba
 
A poignant and life-affirming celebration of female friendship from 'a writer to watch' (Guardian), premiering at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
Poisoned Polluted
Poisoned Polluted
Kathryn O'Reilly
 
Two sisters struggle to survive in the wake of a toxic childhood, in Kathryn O'Reilly's play, premiered this month at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London.
Dear Evan Hansen
COMING SOON:
Dear Evan Hansen
Levenson, Pasek & Paul

A new edition of the hugely anticipated new musical, published next month alongside its West End premiere, featuring exclusive new content and colour photos. 'A breathtaking knockout of a musical' New York Times
Best Play Award Nominees
Nick Hern Books is celebrating a clean-sweep in the nominations for Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards this year. We publish all four fantastic plays: Downstate by Bruce Norris, ear for eye by debbie tucker green, Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. by Caryl Churchill and Sweat by Lynn Nottage.

To celebrate, we've got a special bundle deal exclusively on our website: get all four nominated plays for just £20, plus postage & packing. Hurry, though - this deal is for a limited time only.

The winner of the Evening Standard Best Play Award is announced at the awards ceremony this Sunday 24 November.
PETER BROOK: THE QUALITY OF MERCY AUDIOBOOK
The Quality of Mercy
In The Quality of Mercy, world-renowned theatre director Peter Brook reflects on a fascinating variety of Shakespearean topics including: who was the man who wrote Shakespeare's plays, why does Shakespeare never go out of date, and how should actors approach Shakespeare's verse.

'An invaluable gift from the greatest Shakespeare director of our time' James Shapiro

The Quality of Mercy is now available as an audiobook, read by leading Shakespearean actor Michael Pennington. Listen to an extract here, and buy your copy from Audible or Apple Books.
NEW EBOOKS OUT NOW
The Empty Space
Peter Brook's seminal book, available for the first time as an ebook.

An acknowledged classic of theatre writing, The Empty Space sets out many of the ideas about theatre which have informed Brook's lifelong work as a theatre director.

A cornerstone of thinking about theatre, it continues to inspire and instruct new generations of theatre-makers everywhere.
Performing Shakespeare
An authoritative, hands-on guide through the practical challenges involved in performing Shakespeare.

Drawing on a lifetime's experience of playing Shakespearean roles, Oliver Ford Davies offers practical advice to actors, directors and drama students, and provides invaluable insights into many of the plays.

'Terrific... a great book for anyone who loves the theatre' Observer
Ibsen's A Doll's House
A page-to-stage study guide, ideal for anyone studying, teaching or performing A Doll's House, and anyone interested in how the play works on stage.

Director Stephen Unwin takes you scene by scene through the action of Ibsen's play, analysing moment by moment what is actually said and done, and how the staging of these moments affects our understanding of them.

Other titles in the series include Chekhov's Three Sisters, Diane Samuels' Kindertransport, and Jessica Swale's Blue Stockings, all available in print and ebook formats.
All our ebooks are available direct from the Nick Hern Books website with at least a 20% discount, or from your usual ebook retailer. Browse our full selection now.
AUTHOR EVENTS
Andy Nyman at The Actors Centre
Join multi-award-winning actor, writer and director Andy Nyman – fresh from a triumphant year-long run as Tevye in the West End production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Andy will be signing copies of his books The Golden Rules of Acting and More Golden Rules of Acting at the National Theatre Bookshop on London's South Bank on Wednesday 27 November, 17.45-18.45.

He will also be sharing priceless insights gleaned from his more than thirty years in the acting business at the Tristan Bates Theatre at The Actors Centre, London, on 11 December 2019, 14.30-16.00. Tickets from The Actors Centre, £10 for members / £15 for non-members.
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