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  • Cressida (NHB Modern Plays)by Nicholas Wright

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    A comedy drama set in the seedily glamorous world of 17th-century London theatre. John Shank is an actor, talent-scout and trainer of boy players in the 1630s, when women's roles are still played by precocious boys. Up to his eyes in debt, Shank's only hope of escaping destitution is an unpromising 14-year-old would-be, Stephen Hammerton. Can he... more...

  • The Girlfriend Experience (NHB Modern Plays)by Alecky Blythe

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    A true-life play about friendship, heartbreak and business enterprise... in a seaside brothel. Tessa has set up a business: a brothel where mature women specialise in offering the 'Girlfriend Experience', a surprisingly caring and sympathetic service. As the women stoically strive to make a living in a competitive market, their personal lives... more...

  • The Thrill of Love (NHB Modern Plays)by Amanda Whittington

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    A gripping drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there?s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes... more...

  • Beauty and the Beast (NHB Modern Plays)by Lucy Kirkwood

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    Lucy Kirkwood's delightful version of the classic fairytale, first seen in a production devised and directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre for Christmas 2010. I expect you have been told fairytales before. But you have never really heard a fairytale until you have heard it told by a real fairy.? The theft of a single rose has monstrous... more...

  • Caryl Churchill Plays: Four (NHB Modern Plays)by Caryl Churchill

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 21.86

    The fourth volume of the collected plays of one of the best playwrights alive. Written over a period of ten years and evincing an extraordinary range of topics and techniques, this fourth volume of Caryl Churchill's collected plays confirms her standing as a playwright who is 'amongst the best half-dozen now writing' ( The Times ). This volume... more...

  • The Skriker (NHB Modern Plays)by Caryl Churchill

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    An extraordinary play combining English folk tales with modern urban life in a physically and verbally stunning creation. The Skriker of English legend is 'a shapeshifter and death portent, ancient and damaged'. In the play we follow in its search for love and revenge, as it pursues two young women to London, changing its shape at every new encounter.... more...

  • Penelope (NHB Modern Plays)by Enda Walsh

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    A riveting and savage take on the classic Greek myth of Penelope, wife of Odysseus. It?s 11.30 a.m. and already it?s thirty-three degrees Celsius. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and play for an unwinnable love. Fringe First Award, Edinburgh 2010 'Grandiose Penelope...mixes classical... more...

  • Japes (NHB Modern Plays)by Simon Gray

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    A funny and sardonic play about two brothers trapped in a love triangle with the woman they both love. Two brothers share the house they grew up in and then share the woman they both love. But as time passes and their family grows, the ties that bind them are tested to the limit. Spanning thirty years and offering a new slant on the eternal triangle,... more...

  • After the Dance (The Rattigan Collection)by Terence Rattigan

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    Rattigan's attack on the moral vacuity of the 'bright young things' of the twenties and thirties, written between French Without Tears and The Deep Blue Sea . David is a high-living, hard-drinking, successful writer involved with two women: his wife Joan and an earnest-minded younger woman, Helen. When Joan commits suicide David considers following... more...

  • The Seafarer (NHB Modern Plays)by Conor McPherson

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    A breathtaking supernatural play from the author of The Weir . It's Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes... more...