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According to Hoyle
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According to Hoyle

William Gaminara
 
Five old friends meet for a traditional evening of poker. As the stakes rise the deception of the game exposes the deception of their lives.

Review

'A sharp, entertaining comedy .' -  Guardian







Cast : 5M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-355-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Airsick
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Airsick

Emma Frost
 
A turbulent black comedy about love, loneliness and how we shape our future. Lucy thinks she's finally cracked the love thing. Joe, her handsome American boyfriend is moving over to London. So how come he seems to be heading for the emergency exit? Lucy's best friend Scarlet is on an endless carousel of losers, users and married men. Her Dad just thinks we're all better off flying solo.

Review
Wincingly funny -   Independent





Cast : 3M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-774-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Alchemist, The
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Alchemist, The

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

Ben Jonson
 

Face, Subtle and Dol Common are three rogues intent on conning the gullible out of their money. Setting up a quack-doctor's practice in Lovewit's house they promise miraculous services that cost their customers dear. Everything goes swimmingly, until Lovewit returns and the three turn against each other.

Edited by Simon Trussler, with an introduction by Colin Counsell.

Review
'Ben Jonson's comedy of dupes and conmen couldn't be more contemporary.'  Time Out



Cast : 10M, 2F + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-262-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
All Mouth
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All Mouth

Jonathan Lewis and Miranda Foster
 
Digby is agonising over his Desert Island Discs selection, while Greg can’t take the pressure of being down to the last two for a new regular on EastEnders. Mel is refusing to speak to her Ex, while Paddy is pretending to be a banker. But more important things could be at stake as the group prepare to go on strike in order to protect their livelihoods... But will anyone take a bunch of actors seriously?

Set in the heart of Soho, All Mouth is a wry eavesdrop on the unseen voice-over world, the people behind the voices, and the machinations of the studios and of the ad agencies to which they are all in thrall.


Cast : 1M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-593-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
All’s Well That Ends Well
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All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare Folios

Shakespeare (Edited by Nick de Somogyi)
 

Another title in the pioneering Shakespeare Folios series—offering the absolute authenticity of the First Folio in a totally accessible form.

This brand new edition accurately reproduces the First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare (1623), but does so in modern type. At a stroke, the dust of ages is blown away and what Shakespeare actually intended is revealed to modern readers. Now Shakespeareans everywhere — students, actors, directors — can see for themselves what the Folio really says.

As a further aid to understanding, on each opposite page, the same text appears but this time in a fully modernised version. This modern edition offers a useful safety net whenever the Folio becomes problematic.

Each volume also contains two introductions — one to the series, one to the particular play — textual notes, an appendix giving variant versions from the Quarto where appropriate, and a facsimile page from the First Folio.

Review
'A quite wonderful idea... So blindingly obvious, I can’t understand why nobody had thought of it before. I will certainly use the texts myself.' Peter Hall



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-719-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Any Given Day
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Any Given Day

Linda McLean
 
Bill and Sadie, in late middle age, live a fortress existence in their flat in the city. A stone comes through the window. Bill goes to get some bread and fails to take his keys, leaving Sadie perilously alone. Meanwhile their niece, Jackie, is deciding not to visit them after all…

Often hilarious, ultimately chilling, Any Given Day is a deliberately heightened riff on urban isolation. A searing, poetic and hard-hitting exploration of our fear of the unknown and responsibility towards ourselves and others, from one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. 



Cast : 2F, 3M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-093-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
August: Osage County
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August: Osage County

Tracy Letts
 
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harbouring shady little secrets. When the extended Weston family is reunited after dad disappears, the Oklahoma household explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets.

After a sell-out run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, August: Osage County has been hailed on Broadway as the ‘best American drama of the past decade’ (USA Today). Its themes of family secrets and retribution—and its truly epic scope—had critics rushing to declare its author the new Eugene O’Neill.

Review
'Sensationally entertaining… Tracy Letts' fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.'   New York Times

Cast : 6M, 7F
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-025-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bartholomew Fair
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Bartholomew Fair

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

Ben Jonson
 

The annual fair for St Bartholomew's Day is a bawdy celebration peopled by tricksters, thieves, prostitutes, pedlars and entertainers. Also drawn to the festivities are a group of ordinary citizens who find their respectable lives turned upside down, and their intolerant attitudes challenged by what they experience.

Introduced by Colin Counsell.




Cast : 18M, 8F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-304-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Beaux Stratagem
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Beaux Stratagem

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

George Farquhar
 

A pair of London gentlemen pose as a Lord and his servant in order to procure one handsome dowry to split between them. While Aimwell, the 'Lord' works on the affections of Lady Bountiful's daughter Dorinda, his 'servant' Archer makes his bid for her son's wife.

Edited and introduced bySimon Trussler.






Cast : 11M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-154-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Big Ole Piece of Cake
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Big Ole Piece of Cake

Sean McLoughlin
 
Dublin lads Colin and Ray are out of luck, out of work, out of grub and nearly out of fags. On a whim old and lonely ex-teacher Clarence invites the two brothers back to his cottage in Wicklow. But through the course of one electric evening of games and merriment, Clarence gets a lot more than he bargained for…

The much anticipated follow up to the award-winning Noah and the Tower Flower, Big Ole Piece of Cake is an exhilarating new comedy.



Cast : 3M
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-140-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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