Oberon Books is a London-based independent publisher of drama texts and books on theatre. The company publishes around 100 titles per year, many of them new plays by new writers. In addition, the list contains a range of titles on theatre studies, acting, writing and dance.
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Headquarters location||Islington, London|
|Distribution||Marston Book Services (UK)|
Theatre Communications Group (United States)
Currency Press (Australia)
|Nonfiction topics||Drama and performing arts|
|No. of employees||10|
|Official website||Oberon Books|
Oberon Books was founded by James Hogan in 1985 with a mission to publish the best new dramatic writing. Two of its most popular and award-winning titles are poet Adrian Mitchell's 1998 stage adaptation of CS Lewis's 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' for the RSC and 'One Man, Two Guvnors' (Richard Bean's modern version of Luigi Pirandello's 'Six Characters In Search of An Author'), a West End and Broadway hit for Britain's National Theatre in 2011 starring James Corden. The NT Live recording of the latter was scheduled to be shown on PBS in late 2020.
'The company now[when?] has 1600 titles in print, most available as both print and e-books. As well as new plays, Oberon also publishes classic works by playwrights such as JB Priestley, Sir Arnold Wesker and Henrik Ibsen.
Oberon’s mission expanded to include publishing a culturally and politically diverse range of plays. Recent examples include Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams, The HIV Monologues by Patrick Cash and Chewing Gum Dreams by BAFTA winner, Michaela Coel.
In December 2019, Oberon Books was acquired by Bloomsbury Publishing to join its longstanding play and performance imprints Methuen Drama and Arden Shakespeare.
- Abi Morgan
- Oladipo Agboluaje
- Howard Barker
- Richard Bean
- Torben Betts
- Ranjit Bolt
- Will Eno
- Jon Fosse
- John Fraser
- Christopher Fry
- A. C. Grayling
- Tanika Gupta
- Sir Peter Hall
- Dennis Kelly
- Bernard Kops
- Bryony Lavery
- Nell Leyshon
- John Logan
- Robert David MacDonald
- Mustapha Matura
- Glyn Maxwell
- Sheridan Morley
- Virginia McKenna
- Dorota Masłowska
- Douglas Maxwell
- John Mortimer
- Richard Norton-Taylor
- Meredith Oakes
- John Osborne
- Gary Owen
- Julia Pascal
- Michael Pennington
- Barry Reckord
- Anya Reiss
- Roy Smiles
- Ade Solanke
- Laura Wade
- Sir Arnold Wesker
- Stephen Adly Guirgis
- Neil Bartlett
- Tim Crouch
- Lara Foot
- Pam Gems
- Nicolas Kent
- Dominique Morisseau
- Tamsin Oglesby
- Roland Schimmelpfennig
- Jon Fosse
- Aurin Squire
- Arthur Kopit
- Anna Zeigler
- Anne Washburn
Theatre group partnersEdit
Oberon also publishes plays from the following theatre companies:
Critical acclaim and awardsEdit
John Logan's Red was the winner of six Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Play and Best Direction (Michael Grandage). Red was also the winner of the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. The following Oberon plays were also nominated for Olivier Awards in 2010:
- Ìyà Ilé (The First Wife) by Oladipo Agboluaje nominated for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
- Afghanistan: The Great Game by various authors, nominated for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
- England People Very Nice by Richard Bean, nominated for Best New Comedy
- Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, nominated for Best Director for Bijan Sheibani
- Richard Bean's The Big Fellah for Best New Play.
- Laura Wade's Posh for Best New Play.
- Anya Reiss and Atiha Sen Gupta, both nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright
- Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian by Gary Owen for Best New Play.
- Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss for Best New Play.
- "Kursk" by Bryony Lavery for Best Touring Production.
Oberon's previous award winners include:
- A Disappearing Number by Simon McBurney and Complicite, winner of both the Evening Standard Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2008 
- Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry by Richard Norton-Taylor, winner of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2006 
- Nell Leyshon, winner of the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright for Comfort Me With Apples in 2005 
- Torben Betts, winner of the Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play with The Unconquered, 2007.
John Osborne discoveryEdit
In September 2008 two early playscripts by John Osborne, previously thought to be lost, were discovered in the British Library's archives. Both plays predated Look Back in Anger and were published together for the first time by Oberon Books, as Before Anger.
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- "Olivier Awards 2010 Nominations in full"(retrieved 06/08/2010).
- "London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2010: The Long-List" (retrieved 29/10/2010).
- "TMA Theatre Awards 2010 Nominees" (retrieved 29/10/2010).
- "Macbeth and Joan of Arc Storm ES Awards"(retrieved 06/08/2010).
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