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Samuel French is the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals for the stage. Founded in 1830, the company’s catalog features many of the most acclaimed plays and musicals ever written for the stage from notable dramatists such as Thornton Wilder, Neil Simon, Caryl Churchill, Agatha Christie, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Harvey Fierstein, August Wilson, Tom Stoppard, Marsha Norman, Sarah Ruhl, Ken Ludwig, Will Eno, Suzan-Lori Parks, Alan Ayckbourn, Joshua Harmon, Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Annie Baker, Dominique Morisseau, Samuel D. Hunter, Dave Malloy, among many others. Samuel French has offices in New York City and London, as well as brick and mortar stores in Hollywood and London. The Samuel French website (www.samuelfrench.com) is a singular destination for licensing and purchasing plays and musicals. In addition, Samuel French is a leader in digital innovation. The company has developed numerous digital products including Abbott, an application for reading electronic plays, as well as Digital Sheet Music downloads, both firsts in the licensing industry. Samuel French is active in the educational market through partnerships with the EdTA (Educational Theatre Association) and iTheatrics, who have helped the company launch school versions of Rock of Ages and Heathers: the Musical. As author’s representatives, Samuel French is a steadfast advocate for the rights of playwrights, composers, and lyricists. Information about the company’s ongoing advocacy can be found online at www.owningtheirwords.com. Samuel French also publishes an online magazine called Breaking Character (www.samuelfrench.com/breakingcharacter), featuring interviews with writers, production spotlights, and breaking industry news. Samuel French is proud to have served as a leader in theatrical publishing and licensing for over 180 years and is committed to the future by remaining a champion for playwrights, an innovative resource for the industry, and a place to celebrate those who make theatre around the world.

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For over 180 years, Samuel French has been the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals for the stage, an innovative resource for the theatre industry, and a company that celebrates those who make theatre around the world.


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