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Biography

Nicholas Wright's previous plays include the acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Mrs Klein, Rattigan’s Nijinsky, The Reporter and Vincent In Brixton, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2003. His most recent play was The Last of the Duchess for Hampstead Theatre directed by Richard Eyre. All of his plays are published by Nick Hern Books.

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Cressida
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Cressida

Nicholas Wright
 
Funny and savage by turns, Cressida follows the fortunes of John Shank, an actor, talent scout and debt-ridden trainer of boy players in the seedily glamorous backstage world of London in the 1630s.

Review
'Delightful, light-minded comedy of manners.' Evening Standard





Cast : 8M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-454-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
His Dark Materials
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His Dark Materials

Nicholas Wright from Philip Pullman
 
His Dark Materials takes us on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. For Lyra and Will, its two central characters, it's a coming of age and a transforming spiritual experience. Their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds - rebellious angels, soul-eating spectres, child-catching Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.

Review
Children's theatre of an uncommon maturity and ambition... dazzling in just the right way... Moments of heart-stopping simplicity... - Independent


Cast : large mixed cast (25 min)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-831-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ
John Gabriel Borkman
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John Gabriel Borkman

Henrik Ibsen in a version by Nicholas Wright
 

A version of Ibsen's penultimate play by Nicholas Wright, author of Vincent in Brixton and the stage version of His Dark Materials

John Gabriel Borkman, a former 'pillar of the community', has been in voluntary seclusion in an upstairs room since enduring a prison sentence for embezzlement. His wife, her twin sister, his son and even Borkman himself are all trapped in the suffocating atmosphere of this claustrophobic household.



Cast : 3M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-305-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Last of the Duchess, The
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Last of the Duchess, The

Nicholas Wright
 
1980.  The Sunday Times plans a fabulous journalistic coup: a photograph by Lord Snowdon of the long-reclusive Duchess of Windsor. Lady Caroline Blackwood, novelist, wit and journalist, is dispatched to Paris to secure it. But no sooner has she entered the Windsor mansion than she finds herself locked in battle with the Duchess's octogenarian lawyer, Maître Suzanne Blum.

As the conflict ignites between them, Caroline begins to find Blum decidedly more fascinating than the Duchess herself. Where did she come from? What's her obsession? How did she get power of attorney over the Windsor fortune? Cruellest of all, why has she deprived the Duchess of her vodka? One of the Duchess's last loyal friends, Diana Mosley, introduces a further mystery: why do the famous Windsor jewels keep appearing anonymously on the international market? And since no one has seen the Duchess, what proof is there that she is even still alive?



Cast : 2M, 6F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-206-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Lulu
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Lulu

Wedekind / Nicholas Wright
 

A new version of the erotic masterpiece, based for the first time on the author's original text.

Lulu follows the decline and fall of a young woman possessed of a fatal combination of sexuality and innocence. She passes from German and Parisian high society to the streets of Jack the Ripper's London – destroying, and ultimately destroyed by, her lovers.

Wedekind originally wrote his extraordinary 'monster tragedy' a full twenty years before the First World War. Finding no-one prepared to stage it on account of its sexual candour, he toned it down and rewrote it as two full-length dramas, which is how The Lulu Plays were published and produced throughout most of the twentieth century. Nicholas Wright's new version, based on Wedekind's original text, restores the clarity, the daring and the sexual explicitness of a modern masterpiece written a hundred years before its time.

Cast : 11M, 7F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-453-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Mrs Klein
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Mrs Klein

Nicholas Wright
 
In 1934 the son of Melanie Klein, Britain's most admired psychoanalyst, was reported killed in a climbing accident. There were no witnesses. Nicholas Wright's play shows the effect of this shattering death on Mrs Klein, her daughter and on her new assistant Paula, a young refugee from Hitler's Berlin. Published alongside a major revival at the Almeida, twenty-one years after its National Theatre premiere.

Review
How rare and refreshing it is to encounter a play which is so literate, intelligent, amusing and finally, moving -  Telegraph


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-066-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Naked
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Naked

Luigi Pirandello in a version by Nicholas Wright
 

A nanny, whose charge died in her care, attempts suicide but fails. She is taken in by a lustful novelist who tries to discover her real story as men from her past turn up to claim different versions of the truth.

Review
'All the familiar Pirandello themes are here: the antithesis of art and life, illusion and reality, mask and face... Nicholas Wright’s new version of the play adds to the pleasure of a teasingly mysterious evening.'  Guardian



Cast : 5M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-339-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Rattigan's Nijinsky
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Rattigan's Nijinsky

Based on a screenplay by Terence Rattigan

Nicholas Wright
 

The extraordinary story of the relationship between the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, drawing on an unproduced screenplay by Terence Rattigan. 

In a hotel room a once-lauded playwright meets Nijinsky's elderly widow, Romola, to fight over his latest play. Meanwhile, in the same room, Diaghilev and the young Romola fight over the tormented Nijinsky

In 1974, Terence Rattigan wrote a television script for the BBC about the relationship between Diaghilev, the impresario behind the Ballets Russes, and Nijinsky, the most renowned dancer of all time, which Rattigan described as ‘the greatest love story since Romeo and Juliet'. But the playwright withdrew the play and it was never produced. Now in this bold re-imagining of events, Nicholas Wright investigates why.

Review
Wright stylishly interlaces Rattigan's scenes with infinitely more fascinating ones of his own -  Evening Standard



Cast : 7M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-167-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Reporter, The
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Reporter, The

Nicholas Wright
 

A brilliant man kills himself mid-career, leaving behind a cryptic suicide note.

Based on the remarkable life of the star BBC correspondent James Mossman during his last years, 1963 to 1971, The Reporter searches for the truth behind his bewildering suicide. What lies beneath the surface? Or is the surface ultimately all there is?

Review
Fascinating and moving... a study of addictive love, bereavement and depression, of male competitiveness and weakness, of the pursuit of truth and personal cover-ups -  Independent on Sunday



Cast : 9M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-963-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Three Sisters
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Three Sisters

Anton Chekhov, trans. Nicholas Wright
 

Nicholas Wright’s version of Chekhov’s masterpiece, in which four young people are left stranded in a provincial backwater following the death of their father. They focus their dreams on returning to Moscow, a city remembered through the eyes of childhood as a place where happiness may just be possible.

Review
'More than any Three Sisters I recall, it contrasts laughter with what comes after: hope and delight with frustration and disillusion... Extremely moving — and wholly Chekhovian.'    Times



Cast : 9M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-755-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Travelling Light
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Travelling Light

Nicholas Wright
 
In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father’s cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of story-telling. Forty years on, Motl — now a famed American film director—looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams. How had a twenty-two-year–old pretentious layabout made a discovery that would elude every other cinematic pioneer for years to come?

A funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. 



Cast : 9M, 4F (1 boy ; doubling required)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-247-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Vincent in Brixton
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Vincent in Brixton

Nicholas Wright
 

A moving portrait of the young Vincent van Gogh which won Britain’s Olivier Award for Best Play 2002.

Brixton, 1873. A brash young Dutchman rents a room in the house of an English widow. Three years later he returns to Europe on the first step of a journey which will end in breakdown, death and immortality.

Review
'Nicholas Wright has convincingly imagined himself into the life of the 20-year-old Vincent van Gogh... superlative... An evening to savour.'  Evening Standard



Cast : 2M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-665-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Wright: Five Plays
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Wright: Five Plays

Nicholas Wright
 
A rich selection of Nicholas Wright's earlier work.

The Custom of the Country
Based on the Jacobean play of the same title but set in Johannesburg, this play is 'a  superbly sophisticated piece' - City Limits

The Desert Air 
'A bitter and hilarious tale of British hamfistedness and low cunning in the Second World War'  -  Sunday Times

When the son of Melanie Klein, Britain's most controversial psycho-analyst, is reported killed in a climbing accident, it provokes a competitive display of family skeletons that has made Mrs Klein a popular hit.

One Fine Day 
'A superlatively unpatronising comedy about the gulf that separates Britain and Black Africa' - Guardian

Treetops 
Set in Cape Town in 1952 and offers an arresting view of Wright's own rebellious boyhood in his native South Africa.


Cast : The Custom of the Country - 10M, 3F / The Desert Air - 16M, 2F (doubling required) / One Fine Day - 6M, 1F / Treetops 4M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-473-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB