Staging a Pratchett Play

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:

Wyrd Sisters


Guards! Guards!

Men at Arms

Going Postal


Monstrous Regiment

Night Watch

Interesting Times

The Fifth Elephant

The Truth

Making Money


Carpe Jugulum

Feet of Clay

The Rince Cycle

Unseen Academicals

The Amazing Maurice..

Johnny & the Dead


Discussions are also in hand to publish my dramatisations of Lords & Ladies , Terry Pratchett: the Shakespeare Codex and Hogfather.



All requests for professional rights must be sent to


All requests for permission to licence amateur dramatic 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.

Wyrd Sisters, Mort, Guards! Guards! & Men at Arms (Corgi)

 these plays can be bought at a significant discount direct from the publishers – tell Jade Unwin  at .uk  how many copies you want, and he 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

Contact OUP’s National Sales Manager, Richard Smart, at

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 for details of special discounts available on copies of the playtexts for your group.

The Samuel French publications are

Making Money: (adapted by Stephen Briggs)

Carpe Jugulum: (adapted by Stephen Briggs)

Maskerade: (adapted by Stephen Briggs)

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

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 three other Briggs adaptations - Lords & Ladies , Terry Pratchett: the Shakespeare Codex (a Shakespeare/Pratchett mash-up based loosely on the Science of Discworld II: the Globe) and Hogfather]

For requests to perform the Oberon titles and for their application form and contact details, see

Contact Matthew Urwin for details of special discounts available on copies of the playtexts for your group.

New Adaptations

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.  If you were thinking of writing your own adaptation of any of Sir Terry’s novels, please email me immediately – before starting any work, or committing any financial or other resource. 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.