Nick Hern Books Theatre Plays
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A landmark play about sexual politics in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, in which all our assumptions about sex and gender are stunningly exploded. About relationships - between women and men, men and men, women and women. About sex, work, mothers, Africa, power, children, politics, money, Queen Victoria and sex.
Angels in America Part 1
The two-part 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 Eureka Theatre Company, San Francisco, 1991, and the National Theatre, London, in 1992. 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.
Death and the Maiden
A classic of 20th-century theatre, Death and the Maiden ran for a year in the West End, was a hit on Broadway and was filmed by Roman Polanski starring Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver. A woman seeks revenge when the man she believes to have been her torturer happens to re-enter her life.
A Long Day's Journey into Night
An intensely autobiographical, magnificently tragic portrait of O'Neill's own family; a play so acutely personal that he insisted it was not published until after his death. Long Day's Journey into Night is a true modern classic from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers, and has been described as a dark side to the earlier play Ah! Wilderness. One single day in the Tyrones' Connecticut home. James Tyrone Snr. is a miser, a talented actor who even squanders his talent in an undemanding role; eldest son Jamie is an affable, whoremongering alcoholic and confirmed ne'er-do well; youngest son Edmund is poetic, sensitive, suffering from a respiratory condition and deep-seated disillusionment; and their mother Mary, living in a haze of self-delusion and morphine addiction. Existing together under this roof, and the profound weight of the past, they subtly tear one another apart, shred by shred.
The spellbinding, beautifully observed hit from the master of suspenseful realism; combining superbly chilling tales of the supernatural with the hilarious banter of a small community in the heart of rural Ireland. A bar in a remote part of Ireland. The local lads are swapping spooky stories to impress a young woman recently moved to the area from Dublin. As the drink flows and the stories become increasingly frightening, its clear that Valerie has something on her mind. She has a tale to tell thatll stop them all dead in their tracks. . .
East is East
The play that gave birth to the smash-hit film - a wonderful comedy about growing up in multiracial Salford. The six Khan children, entangled in arranged marriages and bell-bottoms, are trying to find their way growing up in 1970s Salford. They are all caught between their Pakistani father's insistence on Asian traditions, their English mother's laissez-faire attitude, and their own wish to become citizens of the modern world.
Stones in His Pockets
Hollywood comes to rural Ireland in this hilarious take on the film industry a multi-award winner which ran for four years in the West End. In Stones In His Pockets, a pair of extras, Charlie and Jake, tell the story by taking on all the roles themselves including that of the know-nothing siren playing the lead.
His Dark Materials
A two-play dramatisation of Philip Pullman's extraordinary award-winning fantasy trilogy, first seen at the National Theatre. 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.
A bold and theatrically inventive adaptation of the literary classic that puts the interior life of the novel on stage - dramatised by Polly Teale and Shared Experience, the team behind After Mrs Rochester and Bronte. As a child, the orphaned Jane Eyre is taught by a succession of severe guardians to stifle her natural exuberance. A part of herself is locked away, out of view of polite society... until she arrives at Rochesters house as a governess to his young child. Soon Rochesters passionate nature reawakens Janes hidden self, but darker secrets are stirring in the attic. . .
Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price. The powerful myth of Medea, who murders her children as revenge for her husband's infidelity. Translated and introduced by Kenneth McLeish and Frederic Raphael.
A deeply moving play about one woman's struggle to come to terms with her past - brutally separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of 9 and brought to England on the kindertransport with the promise of a new life. . . Between 1938 and the outbreak of War, almost 10,000 unaccompanied German children were sent by their parents to foster homes in Britain while the parents were despatched to the death camps. This is the story - told in flashback - of Eva, whose daughter remains unaware of her mother's true identity until a chance discovery in the attic forces Eva to confront her past.
Be My Baby
A poignant drama about attitudes to teenage pregnancy in 60s Britain. Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19, unmarried and seven months pregnant. Forcibly sent to a Mother and Baby Home in the north of England by a mother intent on keeping up appearances, Mary along with the other girls in the home has to cope with both the shame and the dawning realisation that she will have to give the baby up for adoption whether she likes it or not. Despite this and an overbearing matron the girls' youthful effervescence keeps breaking through as they sing along to the girl-group songs of the period.