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The festive season may be over for most people, but here at NHB we know that amateur companies around the UK are already thinking about the perfect show to stage in Christmas 2020! Whether you're looking for something classic, contemporary or alternative, we've got a play for you. Check out our selection of seasonal shows, including the newly published Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale - a feminist twist on the Dickens original that puts Scrooge's sister Fan at the heart of the ghostly tale.

We know that you've been very busy over the last year, as we licensed thousands of performances in 2019! We've crunched the numbers to discover which plays were your favourites. Which has come out at number one…? Find out in our Most-Performed Plays of 2019.

We've got a brilliant new gallery to share with you, packed full of photos from your productions in the autumn and winter. We're thrilled that so many of you are sending in your pictures. We love to see them and are really keen to share and celebrate what you're all doing, so please keep them coming!

New for 2020, you can now purchase a Nick Hern Books Playscript Subscription to keep you or your company up to date with the very best new drama. Each month we'll send you (or your chosen recipient) one newly published NHB playscript selected by our expert team. Read on for more information.

As we look ahead to this new decade, we want to take a quick moment to thank all of the fantastic companies, theatres, schools and others who we've worked with. It's always a pleasure to help so many of you stage ambitious, accomplished and triumphant productions of the wonderful plays on our list, and we hope to continue to work together for many years to come. Happy New Year!
Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale - apply to perform now
Christmas Carol Fairy Tale Wiltons
Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Piers Torday
Cast: 4-9f 3-16m 10f/m
Jacob Marley is dead. And so is Ebenezer Scrooge… In this reinvention of the timeless classic, Ebenezer has died and his sister Fan has inherited his money-lending business. Notorious as the most monstrous miser ever known, she is haunted by three spirits who want her to change. But will she?

Witty, urgent and empowering, this bold adaptation will prove a festive gift for amateur theatre companies seeking an original, female-led version with lashings of goodwill to all men – and women.

'Delightfully surprising and subversive… offers both the story, and its 19th-century writer, a welcome 21st-century transformation' Guardian
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Great ideas for your next Christmas show
Find out more about this fabulous selection of festive shows, and many others, in our full range of cracking Christmas plays.
Wendy & Peter Pan
Wendy & Peter Pan
J.M. Barrie, Ella Hickson
Cast: 6f 22m
This refreshingly modern adaptation of the beloved story puts Wendy firmly centre stage, but never loses the charm of the original. Smaller cast available.

'Hickson isn't just subverting this story, she is strengthening it' The Times
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Red Shoes
The Red Shoes
Hans Christian Andersen, Nancy Harris
Cast: 3f 5m plus Chorus

A darkly spectacular and bold retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's extraordinary fairytale of dance, desire and destruction.
'Charming yet spooky… mixes song and dance with a witty dash of macabre' Irish Mail on Sunday
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The Messiah
Patrick Barlow
Cast: 1f 2m
Three performers play a cast of thousands in this splendidly silly Nativity, for companies looking for something a little different.
'I haven't laughed so much at any other show this festive season' Evening Standard
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Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Lucy Kirkwood, Katie Mitchell
Cast: 3f 3m

A delightful version of the classic. A wild and twisted tale, full of exciting and intriguing challenges for companies staging their own production.

'Beautifully and touchingly told... a continuously inventive delight' Telegraph
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Christmas Carol Edgar
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens, David Edgar
Cast: 12f 18m (larger cast possible)
Dickens' festive tale of redemption is given a politically-charged adaptation in this heartwarming and sharply relevant retelling of the ghostly tale.
'A festive delight… lacks none of the depth of the original... lively and full of fun' WhatsOnStage
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Sleeping Beauty
Rufus Norris
Cast: 4f 6m

Rufus Norris's Sleeping Beauty goes beyond the kiss into a perilous world of beastly shadows, nasty smells and a forest full of enchanted trouble.
'Outstanding... mixes the mythic and the macabre... appealing to children and adults alike' Guardian
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Discover the most popular plays of 2019
Most-Performed 2019
Over 2019, you were hard at work staging thousands of performances of Nick Hern Books plays! We can't wait to see the brilliant work you have in store this year, but for now, let's take a look back and get inspired by our Top 10 Most-Performed Plays of 2019.

This year's list is a fantastic selection of firm favourites and exciting newcomers - but which show has landed the top spot? Visit our blog to find out.
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Your NHB Shows on Stage: Autumn/Winter 2019
Autumn/Winter 2019
We love to see and share photos of the brilliant theatre that you're producing! Each month, we round up recent production shots that you've sent in and shared with us.

Head over and take a look at our new album of photos on Facebook from just some of the fantastic amateur productions of Nick Hern Books plays staged over the last few months. Please give a round of applause for these fabulous companies and the many others hard at work!

If you're producing a Nick Hern Books play, we'd love for you to be a part of our community. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and email us your production posters, photos and videos.
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Introducing our Playscript Subscriptions - available now
Playscript Subscriptions
We're proud to introduce Nick Hern Books Playscript Subscriptions: a new way for you or your company to keep up to date with the most exciting contemporary plays by today's top writers.

Each month we'll send you (or your chosen recipient) one newly published NHB playscript selected by our expert team – all hot off the press, and straight from the UK and Ireland's most renowned stages.

Plus, a subscription is cheaper than buying the playscripts individually at publication – so you'll save money, too (up to 30% if subscribing for 12 months).

A Playscript Subscription is the perfect way to stay connected with the best of contemporary drama – whether you're on the hunt for great new scripts for future productions, or a passionate theatre fan looking to build your own collection.
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Follow us on Twitter!
As we head into the new year, we've decided to combine our Twitter accounts and move performing rights news over to our main @NickHernBooks channel. This means our @NHBPerforming account will no longer be active. But don't worry, we'll still be sharing licence release updates, your production photos, posters and everything else – along with author interviews, special discounts, giveaways and lots more besides.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (if you're not already!) to keep up to date with everything that's happening, and please tweet us to share your news, ask for play suggestions and advice, or just to say hello! Our Facebook page is staying put, so give us a 'like' there if you haven't yet, too.
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