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
Work is also in hand to publish my dramatisations of Lords & Ladies , Terry Pratchett: the Shakespeare Codex and Hogfather. These should hopefully be available by early 2021.
STAGING SIR TERRY PRATCHETT'S NOVELS
All requests for professional rights must be sent to email@example.com.
All requests for permission to licence amateur dramatic productions in English or in translation of Terry Pratchett’s novels adapted by me, 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)
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, Johnny and the Dead & Dodger (Oxford University Press)
Send your applications for the above plays by email to Colin. Note that the licence fees for the above plays go to the Orangutan Foundation.
Seven other of my adaptations of Terry Pratchett's novels are published by Methuen Drama (now part of the Bloomsbury Group), and three others by Samuel French (now Concord Theatricals):
Going Postal, Jingo, Monstrous Regiment, Night Watch, Interesting Times, The Fifth Elephant & The Truth (Methuen/Bloomsbury)
Making Money, Carpe Jugulum, Maskerade (Samuel French/Concord Theatricals)
Methuen/Bloomsbury and Samuel French (now Concord Theatricals) control the amateur dramatic rights in these plays.
Three other adaptations by me are published by Oberon Books (now also part of Bloomsbury). They administer the performing rights for these:
Feet of Clay, The Rince Cycle (based on The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic) & Unseen Academicals
Bloomsbury also plan to publish three other of my adaptations - Lords & Ladies , Terry Pratchett: the Shakespeare Codex (a Shakespeare/Pratchett mash-up based on the Science of Discworld II: the Globe) and Hogfather.
There is now much more TV and movie interest in Terry's works, and this has had a massive impact on the fairly liberal access previously enjoyed by amateur groups. The Estate now needs to demonstrate a firm control over rights, and this means that the only adaptations usable by amateur groups are the published ones set out here.
The rights to Terry’s works are very closely controlled, and permission for any new adaptations, or for major changes to the published scripts, will not be forthcoming.
Please note -- If you fail to seek permission up front, your production will be halted – regardless of the stage it has reached.