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About Us Samuel French has been serving theatre since 1830 - as a play publisher, a licensing house and an independent bookseller. We have thousands of titles in our catalogue, including many of the greatest plays in the English language. But we're not resting on our laurels, and continue to strive to publish the very best new plays, improve our unique Acting Edition books to better meet the needs of actors, and embrace the full possibilities of digital publishing.


The driving force behind Samuel French has always been to enable people to discover and perform the best, most varied plays and musicals possible. To this end, we publish everything from new writing to classics, and license them for performance by both professionals and the vibrant, vital amateur community both in the UK and around the world. Distinctively, our play scripts are specifically designed for use by actors, directors and technicians in rehearsal and performance. Our characteristic Acting Editions not only represent the definitive edition of a play, they also come with extra features to help bring the play to life.

As one of the largest theatre book retailers in the UK - both through our Central London shop and on our burgeoning web site -