ORiGiN Theatrical to represent Nick Hern Books catalogue in Australia

ORiGiN Theatrical is pleased to announce the representation of Nick Hern Books play catalogue in Australia.

“We are thrilled to represent the exciting new drama and popular classics within the expansive Nick Hern Books catalogue. We’re looking forward to working with community theatres and schools to bring these works to life on Australian stages” said Managing Director at ORiGiN Theatrical, Kim Ransley.

ORiGiN Theatrical manages the theatrical rights to many of the greatest musicals and plays in the world drawing on the rich catalogues of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organisation, The Really Useful Group, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, Tams-Witmark, Playscripts, Cressrelles Publishing, Playstage Senior and Warner/Chappell Music Australia. ORiGiN also represents Australian written box office hits Shout! The Legend of the Wild One, Dusty The Original Pop Diva, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Atomic The New Rock Musical and Seven Little Australians. ORiGiN is committed to publishing Australian titles and has signed works by Dorian Mode, John Misto, Craig Christie, Sally Knight, John Field and Daniel Abineri.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with ORiGiN Theatrical who will be licensing over 1000 Nick Hern Books plays for amateur companies to perform.” commented Matt Applewhite, Managing Director of Nick Hern Books in London. “Many of the plays are award- winning, by the very best contemporary writers, and have achieved considerable success on the professional stage – we look forward to hearing about exciting productions on the rich amateur theatre scene in Australia soon.”

Nick Hern Books is the UK’s leading specialist theatre publisher and performing rights agent. With over 1,000 plays on their list, NHB is home to the most exciting and acclaimed writers working today – including Mike Bartlett, Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Ella Hickson, Sam Holcroft, Robert Holman, debbie tucker green, Arinzé Kene, Lucy Kirkwood, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Winsome Pinnock, Nina Raine, Jack Thorne, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright. They publish plays alongside their premieres at the UK and Ireland’s most renowned venues, as well as classics and plays in translation, and recent work has won the Best New Play prize at the Helpmann, Olivier, Tony, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards. NHB was itself shortlisted as the Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year at the IPG Awards in 2019. They also publish essential skills and career guides on acting, directing, writing, producing and more, by leading practitioners such as Mike Alfreds, Peter Brook, Declan Donnellan, Richard Eyre, Stephen Jeffreys, Antony Sher, Jessica Swale and Harriet Walter.

Popular titles in Australia include:

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK by Joan Lindsay, adapted by Tom Wright

GIRLS LIKE THAT by Evan Placey

BLUE STOCKINGS by Jessica Swale


BRAINSTORM by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and Company Three

THE WARDROBE by Sam Holcroft

WENDY & PETER PAN by Ella Hickson after J.M. Barrie

100 by Christopher Heimann, Neil Monaghan and Diene Petterle


THE SKRIKER by Caryl Churchill



Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of AussieTheatre.com. She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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