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Stuart Paterson is the ‘master of children’s theatre’ (Scotsman). Christmas—in Scotland in particular—is never without several stagings of his plays, which include Hansel and Gretel and a Cinderella in which Buttons gets to marry Cinders. In January 2007, NHB published his adaptations of The Jungle Book and Kensuke’s Kingdom.

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Cinderella
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Cinderella

Stuart Paterson
 
A classic fairy tale with a twist.

The two ugly sisters and the vicious stepmother get their come-uppance, but Cinders, in a thoroughly refreshing alternative, rejects the spoilt and arrogant Prince in favour of the genuine and reliable Buttons.

Review
'One of the most powerful children's Christmas plays written anywhere in the last 25 years.' -  Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman



Cast : 4M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-484-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cinderella
$21.81 ex GST
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Cinderella

Stuart Paterson
 
A classic fairy tale with a twist.

The two ugly sisters and the vicious stepmother get their come-uppance, but Cinders, in a thoroughly refreshing alternative, rejects the spoilt and arrogant Prince in favour of the genuine and reliable Buttons.

Review
'One of the most powerful children's Christmas plays written anywhere in the last 25 years.' -  Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman



Cast : 4M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-484-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hansel & Gretel
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Hansel & Gretel

Stuart Paterson
 
In this imaginative reworking of the children's classic, Hansel and Gretel stumble upon a colourful circus family but are tricked into following their new friends to the wicked witch's candy-covered lair. Hansel is given over to the witch in return for the imprisoned father of the circus family. But Gretel won't give in and free her brother in the same way. Helped by Orin the Faerie-King and the mysterious Monkey-boy, the children defeat the witch with a combination of kindness and courage.

Review
In the fullness of time, I think Stuart Paterson's modern pantomimes may come to be seen as one of the outstanding legacies of Scottish Theatre -  Guardian


Cast : 6M, 3F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-483-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hansel & Gretel
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Hansel & Gretel

Stuart Paterson
 
In this imaginative reworking of the children's classic, Hansel and Gretel stumble upon a colourful circus family but are tricked into following their new friends to the wicked witch's candy-covered lair. Hansel is given over to the witch in return for the imprisoned father of the circus family. But Gretel won't give in and free her brother in the same way. Helped by Orin the Faerie-King and the mysterious Monkey-boy, the children defeat the witch with a combination of kindness and courage.

Review
In the fullness of time, I think Stuart Paterson's modern pantomimes may come to be seen as one of the outstanding legacies of Scottish Theatre -  Guardian


Cast : 6M, 3F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-483-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Jungle Book, The
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Jungle Book, The

Adapted by Stuart Peterson

Rudyard Kipling adapted by Stuart Paterson
 

Rudyard Kipling's classic jungle tales, in an acclaimed stage adaptation.

Review
Paterson has mastered the art of injecting new zest and colour into classic children's stories   The Times




Cast : 6M, 2F (doubling required ; large cast possible)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-968-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Kensuke's Kingdom
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Kensuke's Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo adapted by Stuart Paterson
 
The story of a young boy's fantastic adventure after being washed up on a Pacific island–adapted for the stage by acclaimed dramatist Stuart Paterson from the best-selling novel by Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

Michael embarks on a round-the-world sailing voyage with his parents, only for their dream to become a nightmare when Michael falls overboard. Washed up on an island in the Pacific populated with orangutans, Michael soon makes a startling discovery: the island is already home to one extraordinary man, and this is Kensuke's Kingdom...

Review
'One to treasure... In this adaptation by Stuart Paterson, the story is beautifully told... I've never heard such cheering as there was at the start of the second act.'   Birmingham Post



Cast : 4M, 2F + 1M/F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-969-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
King of the Fields
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King of the Fields

Stuart Paterson
 

Ayrshire, 1935. A man, barely alive, collapses in the yard of his old home: Matt has returned from life on the road, haunted by his experience of the trenches. For sixteen years, his brother Rob has broken his back to build a haulage business in a tough rural community. He has married Catherine, a restless city girl, who shows an unsettling interest in the new arrival. Driven by birthright and rivalry, the two brothers are drawn into a remorseless life-or-death struggle for control of the business - and of Catherine.

Review
A great, blazing piece of new Scottish theatre... superb - Scotsman

Cast : 2M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-477-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
King of the Fields
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King of the Fields

Stuart Paterson
 

Ayrshire, 1935. A man, barely alive, collapses in the yard of his old home: Matt has returned from life on the road, haunted by his experience of the trenches. For sixteen years, his brother Rob has broken his back to build a haulage business in a tough rural community. He has married Catherine, a restless city girl, who shows an unsettling interest in the new arrival. Driven by birthright and rivalry, the two brothers are drawn into a remorseless life-or-death struggle for control of the business - and of Catherine.

Review
A great, blazing piece of new Scottish theatre... superb - Scotsman

Cast : 2M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-477-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Treasure Island
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Treasure Island

Stuart Paterson
 
Fresh and faithful new adaptation of one of the most famous children’s stories touring the length and breadth of the UK
       
Returning to the original book, where for instance Long John Silver is a charismatic and initially sympathetic figure, veteran children’s playwright Stuart Paterson has achieved a fresh and genuinely thrilling stage adaptation. 





Cast : 10M (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-590-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Treasure Island
$21.81 ex GST
$23.99 inc GST

Treasure Island

Stuart Paterson
 
Fresh and faithful new adaptation of one of the most famous children’s stories touring the length and breadth of the UK
       
Returning to the original book, where for instance Long John Silver is a charismatic and initially sympathetic figure, veteran children’s playwright Stuart Paterson has achieved a fresh and genuinely thrilling stage adaptation. 





Cast : 10M (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-590-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB