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'Tis Pity She’s a Whore
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'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

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

John Ford
 

The tragic story of incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella.

When Annabella is found to be pregnant by her brother, she agrees to marry her suitor Soranzo. But when the lovers' incestuous secret is discovered, vengeance and bloody murder follow.

Edited and introduced by Lisa Hopkins.



Cast : 4F, 12M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-169-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
2nd May 1997
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2nd May 1997

Jack Thorne
 

2nd May 1997. An historic victory. The Tories, eighteen years in power, are defeated as New Labour sweeps into government. From the euphoria and despair, three deeply personal stories emerge.

Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man, while his wife Marie counts the cost of her own sacrifice to politics. Lib Dem footsoldier Ian is no hero, but party-crasher Sarah is determined to make him one. Best mates Jake and Will wake up with a new world order to memorise before their A-level Politics class. Jake dreams of Number 10. Will dreams of Jake

A smouldering play about escaping the past, seizing the present and owning the future.

Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-080-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
5/11
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5/11

Edward Kemp
 
It's 1605 and the war on terror is going badly. A group of young religious fanatics has recruited a mercenary, Guy Fawkes, to strike at the heart of the English Government. But in a police state no-one can be trusted and their plot is going to be turned against the very people it was meant to save. This incendiary thriller weaves together the lives of kings and terrorists, priests and spies in a play of epic proportions, which has the sweep and scope of the very best historical drama.

Review
a big, bold, joltingly topical new play... explosive epic with echoes for today -  Daily Telegraph


Cast : 20M, 6F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-900-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
55 Days
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55 Days

Howard Brenton
 
December 1648. The army has occupied London. Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned King on trial, so the army moves against Westminster and the only military coup in English history takes place. But the army leadership remains divided: Cromwell would prefer a compromise with the King, but the King will not compromise. A new nation must therefore be forged… and over 55 days, an entirely new world is created
 



Cast : 13M, 2F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-287-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Ah! Wilderness
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Ah! Wilderness

Eugene O’Neill
 
Ah! Wilderness, first staged in 1933, is often seen as a bright and sunny reverse-image of the sombre Long Day's Journey into Night. Both are family plays set in the year just before the First World War. Both take place in a house clearly modelled on the O'Neill family home in New England. For O'Neill, Ah! Wilderness had ''the sweet charm of a dream of lost youth'; during his lifetime it was one of his most popular plays.





Cast : 9M, 6F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-137-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Albert Speer
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Albert Speer

David Edgar
 
Plucked from obscurity to be Hitler's architect and Minister of War, Albert Speer became the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany and the closest Hitler had to a friend. This panoramic adaptation of Gita Sereny's definitive and magisterial biography tells the epic story of a man whose devotion to Hitler blinded him to the the worst crime of the twentieth century.

Review
David Edgar's compelling new play offers a clear-sighted examination of the psychology of guilt, denial and repentance, an unsqueamish and chilling dissection of a heart of darkness -  The Mail on Sunday.


Cast : 6F, 20m - more if desired
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-485-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
All Change Please
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All Change Please

A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre

Lucy Kerbel
 

''We are the industry. If things will shift it is down to us, all of us, to make that happen. We all need to reflect on how we work, how we think, and how we make choices. That's what will drive the greatest change.'

Theatre needs to change. Everywhere – in its boardrooms, on its stages, throughout its repertoires – it could be so much more successful at reflecting the gender balance of the world it seeks to represent.

This is a book about why change matters, its benefits – artistic, commercial, ethical and social – and how, with everyone's help, we can actually achieve it. From small shifts, such as how you run your meetings, or what's on the shelves of your school library, to rethinking concepts as huge as the art we inherit, how we attribute excellence, and the constraints we unwittingly pass on to the next generation, there are things we can all do to bring about change.

In this book, you'll find provocations to help you consider your current practices and their effects, challenge unconscious biases and identify opportunities for change, plus strategies and tools to help you decide where best to focus your efforts, to convince others why change matters, and to achieve meaningful, lasting success.

Eye-opening, empowering and inspiring, All Change Please is a book for anyone who loves theatre. Whether you make it, teach it, watch it or study it, everyone has their own unique part to play in helping refresh, reshape and re-imagine the industry as truly diverse, equal and inclusive.

'Lucy Kerbel's work has become increasingly pivotal in helping the entire industry raise its game... this illuminating book answers the cynic, informs the impartial, converts the supporter into an activist and equips them all; not in a rallying cry of anger-fuelled idealism, but in a calm, pragmatic and clear-eyed way.' Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, from his Foreword

Since 2011, Lucy Kerbel and her organisation Tonic Theatre have been working with companies and individuals across the theatre industry to support them in achieving greater gender equality in their work and workforces. Her first book, 100 Great Plays for Women, is also published by Nick Hern Books.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-658-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Andromache
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Andromache

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

Euripides
 

The story of Andromache, widow of the Trojan hero Hector.

Some years after the fall of Troy, Andromache is living as a slave to Neoptolemus, by whom she has a child. When Neoptolemus' fiercely jealous young wife, Hermione, finds she is unable to conceive, she threatens to murder Andromache, and the struggle between the two women turns quickly into a bitter feud.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.



Cast : 6M, 4F, + chorus & extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-638-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Angels In America Part One: Millennium Approaches
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Angels In America Part One: Millennium Approaches

Tony Kushner
 
Angels in America is a magnificent epic for our times. Subtitled 'A Gay Fantasia on National Themes', it explores sexual, racial, religious, political and social issues confronting America during the Reagan years, as the AIDS epidemic spreads. 

Prior, visited by ghosts of his ancestors and abandoned by his lover after his diagnosis with AIDS, is wondering if he is still sane when the angels select him to be their prophet. Powerbroker Roy Cohn also has the virus - but he believes that only the powerless can have that particular illness, and so kicks back against his diagnosis.

In the 'melting pot where nothing melted' of modern America, the nation's reaction to the sickness – and its sufferers – is laid bare.

Review
Angels in America is a landmark not just among AIDS plays or gay dramas but in American theatre...It establishes Kushner as the most important American playwright to emerge since David Mamet -  Village Voice

Cast : 6M, 3F, doubling possible
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-156-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika
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Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika

Tony Kushner
 

Angels in America is a magnificent epic for our times. Subtitled 'A Gay Fantasia on National Themes', it explores sexual, racial, religious, political and social issues confronting America during the Reagan years, as the AIDS epidemic spreads. Premiered by the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1992, and the National Theatre, London, in 1993.

Part Two: Perestroika picks up the stories of Prior and Cohn from Part One. Prior, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of 'prophet' placed on him by the angels, wishes that they would leave him alone. Cohn, now dying from the virus, continues to manipulate the system from his hospital bed. But who is left to look after them now? And does anyone still care?

With a climax as bittersweet as it is beautiful, we are left wondering who the real angels are in a disparate world.

Review
A vision of America at large, pulsating with energy and appetites in the shadow of history and the sense of oncoming disaster -  Independent on Sunday

Cast : 6M, 3F, doubling possible
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-255-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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