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A Tender Thing
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A Tender Thing

Ben Power
 
Another Romeo and another Juliet in a strikingly different love story...

Ben Power weaves the text of Romeo and Juliet into a provocative new tale of love and sacrifice. Re-imagining Shakespeare's story, A Tender Thing is an elegiac yet ultimately hopeful account of the human capacity for love.

Shakespeare's timeless poetry provides the backdrop for this delicate and moving account of old age, memory and the demands we make of those we love. When a married couple discover that their lifetime together is drawing to a close, they realise they cannot contemplate being apart.

Review
Power's ingenious reorganisation pays off handsomely... what did Shakespeare know? - Guardian
Cast : 1M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-082-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
All for Love
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All for Love

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

John Dryden
 

Dryden's version of the Antony and Cleopatra story, told as a heroic tragedy. Antony and Octavius Caesar are struggling for control of what was to become the Roman Empire. Antony and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are lovers and political allies, but their forces have been defeated at the battle of Actium. The play is set in Alexandria, under siege by Octavius Caesar.

Edited and introduced Trevor R. Griffiths.




Cast : 6M, 4F (2 children) + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-372-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Animal Farm
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Animal Farm

Ian Wooldridge, from George Orwell
 

This powerful new dramatisation of Orwell's enduring parable on the perils of totalitarianism remains extremely faithful to the original, retaining both its affection for the animals and the inciciveness of its message. Contains a helpful set of production notes intended for schools and other groups wishing to stage the play.

Review
Dare I say it... as good as the book -  Guardian



Cast : 6-14 actors - male of female
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-789-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ
Anna Karenina
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Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy (a stage adaptation by Helen Edmundson
 

Helen Edmundson's celebrated and ' exemplary adaptation' (The Times) of Leo Tolstory's enduring classic is a vibrant and deeply moving meditation on the nature of love.  

Awards
  • 1992 Time Out Award - Outstanding Theatrical Event  
Review
Theatre this engrossing is rare  - Time Out


Cast : 4M, 3F (doubling possible)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-197-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Antigone
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Antigone

Sophocles (adapted by Owen McCafferty)
 
Both Antigone’s brothers lie dead, having killed each other in single combat, one attacking Thebes, the other defending the city. Creon, ruler of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Polyneices, because he was the attacker. Antigone is determined to bury him. The resulting conflict ends in a bloodbath of suicides.

Irish playwright Owen McCafferty’s new version of this ancient story closely follows Sophocles, but the language is tough and modern allowing parallels with today’s Realpolitik to emerge through the Ancient Greek values that underlie the original.



Cast : 6M, 3F +extras
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-017-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Arabian Nights
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Arabian Nights

Dominic Cooke
 
This simple and delightfully inventive re-telling of the stories from the Arabian Nights was adapted by Dominic Cooke during his time as the Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre.

Review
Superb... weaves a potent spell of enchantment as it moves from cruelty to happiness and from the blissfully ribald to the deeply affecting -   Daily Telegraph



Cast : 5M, 4F (doubling required)
Performance Rights : Nick Hern
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-058-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bad Girls
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Bad Girls

Jacqueline Wilson, adapted Vicky Ireland
 

An energetic, fast-moving adaptation for the stage of this modern children's classic, by the best-selling author and 2005 Children's Laureate.

Mandy's been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. That's why she is delighted when cheeky, daring, full-of-fun Tanya picks her as a friend. Mum isn't happy – she thinks Tanya's a 'bad girl' and a bad influence. Mandy's sure Tanya can only get her out of trouble, not into it. But can she?

This edition comes with production notes indicating how the play can be staged even with minimal resources - plus a lot of ingenuity!

Review
Punchy, stimulating and theatrically ingenious... Bad Girls is a veritable model of theatre for young people -  Manchester Evening News

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-910-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ballad of Crazy Paola
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Ballad of Crazy Paola

Arne Sierens, in a version by Stephen Greenhorn
 

A neat and poignant two-hander about memory, truth and love. 

When Paola invites Raymond into her life, as drum teacher to her son, the past gets messily unravelled. Unknown to her, he's the half-brother of her great passion, the famous Serge. And just as they share a bond of love with him, their memories of the past are a little too close for comfort. Who's got the best version of the truth?

Prolific Flemish writer Arne Sierens' play is translated and adapted from the original Flemish by Stephen Greenhorn, the writer of the smash hit Passing Places.

Review
Intense, funny and compelling  -  Scotsman

Cast : 1M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-667-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Beauty and the Beast
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Beauty and the Beast

Lucy Kirkwood and Katie Mitchell
 
To repay her father’s debt a young girl agrees to live in the castle of a hideous beast only to discover that true love can be found in the most unlikely of places, buried deeper than your heart.

A wild and lively production, filled with magic and wonder, music and dance. The National Theatre’s Christmas treat for the family is guaranteed to be as enchanting and beautiful as its title suggests. Following on from the smash hit The Cat in the Hat, also directed by Katie Mitchell, this may be a very different type of story but it’s one that is sure to be every bit as successful and every bit as thrilling.



Cast : 3M, 3F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-157-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Beauty and the Beast (Young Vic version)
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Beauty and the Beast (Young Vic version)

Laurence Boswell
 
This enchanting play can be performed straight or with music by Mick Sands, drawn from traditional French folk melodies. The score is available separately from Nick Hern Books.

Please note: this edition is the original version first performed at the Young Vic in 1996. The play was substantially revised by Laurence Boswell in a version first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003, available here.

Review
'Hard to imagine a more hauntingly beautiful children's show.' -  Daily Telegraph





Cast : 4M, 4F, doubling
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-307-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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