Page extent: 360
ISBN: 9781786820990
Binding: PaperBack

Bean: Plays Five

Richard Bean

PaperBack (31 Mar 2017)

The new collection from multi-award-winning playwright Richard Bean. Contains the plays, Great Britain, The Nap, Pub Quiz is Life, Pitcairn and Kiss Me.

Foreword by Sir Nicholas Hytner. 

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ISBN13 9781786820990
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 360


'Richard Bean is a popular writer who has maintained his intellectual integrity while entertaining theatregoers, as demonstrated by this latest collection of his plays. Where many of his peers have happily sold out to film and TV or, at the very least, sought the clamour and lucre offered by West End stages, only two of these five plays has so far been seen at a major London venue, if you include Pitcairn’s brief stint at Shakespeare’s Globe. Even the other, Great Britain, opened with literally no publicity as the introduction from Sir Nicholas Hytner explains.'

Pub Quiz'inevitably very funny but Richard Bean takes it a couple of stages further, shedding light on society today, both in Hull and far beyond, and drawing some amusing but recognisable characters.'

Pitcairn: 'Ultimately, the play shines a light on the flaws in so much of humanity and should make viewers / readers think deeply about the ways in which they treat their fellow man.' 

Great Britain: 'Great Britain was an instant hit when the National Theatre was finally able to release it to the world, following the ending of the News of the World phone hacking court case... Reading the script is a wonderful opportunity to relish Richard Bean’s superb jokes and clever situation comedy, so much of which hits the nail squarely on the head.'

The Nap: 'Written specifically as a site-specific piece to be played at the Crucible in Sheffield, The Nap looks into the shady world of professional snooker.'

Kiss Me: 'This quiet, subtle two-hander might have the trademark Bean sense of humour underpinning it but addresses serious philosophical issues with tenderness'

 - Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide