Staging a Pratchett Play
We have licensed hundreds of productions in over twenty countries and, although, by and large, everything works on a fairly informal and good-natured basis, we are dealing with material which is copyright and with areas from which some people earn all or part of their living, so there do have to be rules. It’s the lesson of bitter experience; for every fifty groups that are happy to ‘play the game’, there are one or two who’ll ‘try it on’. If you’re in any doubt about anything – ask first!
At the foot of this page (just below the scorpions!) is a Dropbox link to the info about, and application to stage, the seven of my plays which we administer for the Orangutan Foundation.
The currently published 'Terry Pratchett' plays written by me are:
Men at Arms
The Fifth Elephant
Feet of Clay
The Rince Cycle
The Amazing Maurice..
Johnny & the Dead
Discussions are also in hand to publish my dramatisations of Lords & Ladies and Terry Pratchett: the Shakespeare Codex.
STAGING SIR TERRY PRATCHETT'S NOVELS
All requests for permission to licence amateur dramatic or professional productions in English or in translation of Terry Pratchett’s novels adapted by Stephen Briggs, and published by Corgi and Oxford University Press, should be sent to Colin Smythe - his website is here. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyrd Sisters, Mort, Guards! Guards! & Men at Arms (Corgi)
Copies of these plays can be bought at a significant discount direct from the publishers – tell Sharon Gordon at email@example.com how many copies you want, and she will let you know the cost, including carriage.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, Johnny and the Dead & Dodger (Oxford University Press)
OUP will supply groups with copies at 35% discount. See https://global.oup.com/education/content/secondary...
Contact OUP’s National Sales Manager, Richard Smart, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your applications for the above plays by email to me. Note that the licence fees for the above plays go to the Orangutan Foundation.
I have added detailed infomation and an application form for the above titles via the DropBox link below.
Other adaptations of Terry Pratchett's novels are published by Methuen Drama (part of the Bloomsbury Group), and by Samuel French, details of which follow. For requests to perform the Methuen titles:
Going Postal, Jingo, Monstrous Regiment, Night Watch, Interesting Times, The Fifth Elephant & The Truth
and for their application form and contact details, see
Contact Phil Prestianni email@example.com for details of special discounts available on copies of the playtexts for your group.
The Samuel French publications are
Making Money: https://samuelfrench-london.co.uk/books/making-mon... (adapted by Stephen Briggs)
Carpe Jugulum: https://samuelfrench-london.co.uk/books/carpe-jugu... (adapted by Stephen Briggs)
Maskerade: https://samuelfrench-london.co.uk/books/maskerade (adapted by Stephen Briggs)
Lords and Ladies: https://samuelfrench-london.co.uk/books/lords-and-ladies (adapted by Irana Brown)
Samuel French control the amateur dramatic rights in these plays in the English language, but for professional stage rights and translation rights contact me.
To contact Samuel French, see https://samuelfrench-london.co.uk/contact
Three other adaptations by Stephen Briggs are published by Oberon Books:
Feet of Clay, The Rince Cycle (based on The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic) & Unseen Academicals
[Oberon also plan to publish two other Briggs adaptations - Lords & Ladies and Terry Pratchett: the Shakespeare Codex (a Shakespeare/Pratchett mash-up based loosely on the Science of Discworld II: the Globe)]
For requests to perform the Oberon titles and for their application form and contact details, see https://oberonbooks.com/index.php/page/performance...
Contact Matthew Urwin firstname.lastname@example.org for details of special discounts available on copies of the playtexts for your group.
Unpublished Versions – Important!!
If you were thinking of writing your own adaptation of any of Sir Terry’s novels, please contact me immediately – before starting any work, or committing any financial or other resource.
There is now much more TV and movie interest in Terry's works, and this greatly complicates the previously fairly liberal access enjoyed by amateur groups.
The rights to Terry’s works are closely controlled, and you should not assume permission will be forthcoming.
If you fail to get permission up front, your production will be halted – regardless of the stage it has reached.
Musicals for schools. A&C Black Publishers Ltd publish the following Terry Pratchett musicals (and control the licences):
The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents (adapted and music by Matthew Holmes) & Johnny & the Bomb (adapted and music by Matthew Holmes).
Nation, adapted for the stage by Mark Ravenhill, is published in two versions: that of the play prior to its first performance at the National Theatre, London, published by Corgi, and an edition for schools, published by Heinemann in their New Windmills series, publishing the revised version and with additional material for schools. Requests to perform either version should be sent to Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd, Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street, London W1F 8GQ.