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Ian Hornby (1949-2013)

Dear Authors and Drama Groups

Firstly, let me begin by thanking you all for your kind words and support over the last few very difficult weeks since Ian’s sudden death on 19th December.

So many of you have taken the time to write to me, a comon thread being that he was a big man, with a huge heart and an enormous desire to help people. A big man like that leaves a huge hole in people’s lives (not least of all my own) and many of you seem to remember fondly (although not always understand) his sense of humour and the help he gave you. As Doug Mayo said:

“One of the good guys of Amateur Theatre, Ian was a friend, mentor and a great support to many playwrights who worked with him and knew him.”

I know Ian would have wanted his work (and that of the authors he believed in) to continue and would have been determined that “…the show must go on!” So, in the short-term at least until a long-term plan can be formulated, I will be carrying on the day-to-day running of New Theatre Publications.

Scripts and performance licences can still be ordered via the website or by post, but unfortunately, for the time being at least, I will not be able to accept any new play submissions.

Kind regards
Alison Hornby (Ian’s wife)

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The "MayBe" plays

NTP plays have always been supplied in a low cost, but functional, folded booklet format. As physical books, the scripts have not been of a quality to match the market leaders such as Samuel French, Nick Hern Books, Methuen and Josef Weinberger.


Starting with our most popular titles,  some plays will be offered in a high-quality, perfect-bound, glossy cover script to at least match any on the market

Hello, Is There Any Body There? Maybe Series Maybe Series

Here are the first in the series
our top seller - Ian Hornby's
"Hello, Is There Any Body There?"
Derek Webb's "Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders" and
Ian Hornby's "'Allo, 'Allo, 'Allo, (Set There Any Body La?)"

“MayBe” is a joint venture between Douglas Mayo, former editor of Amateur Stage and writer, and Ian Hornby, founder of NTP. MayBe aims to help playwrights and groups alike by presenting their scripts in a professional way and by providing marketing and publicity back up to help groups sell tickets. Through the medium of social networking groups will benefit from having their productions receive extra publicity through our networks. Groups will also be able to access professionally designed artwork prepared for the play making posters, flyers, other online components and standard press releases available to them. .

Welcome to a new concept in theatre publishing

You can download a pdf copy of the full text of any of our scripts so you can read them before you risk any money. No waiting, no fuss - just decide what you want and we'll automatically email you a download link. Note that this facility is for evaluation purposes only and is subject to Internnational Copyright Law. This in now way absolves you from purchasing copies of the script, plus a performing license, should you decide to go further.  Click on the catalogue link to your left to take advantage of this great facility.

But it does mean an end to spending money only to find you can't cast the play!!!

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