Bull, John. “Peter Nichols.” In British and Irish Dramatists Since World War II, Third Series, edited by Bull. Vol. 245 in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. A thoughtful survey of Nichols’s plays.
Davison, Peter. Contemporary Drama and the Popular Dramatic Tradition in England. Totowa, N.J.: Barnes & Noble Books, 1982. Davison surveys the use of popular theater in Nichols’s plays up to Privates on Parade, arguing for the complexity and value of his artistic achievement.
Foulkes, Richard. “The Cure Is Removal of Guilt: Faith, Fidelity, and Fertility in the Plays of Peter Nichols.” Modern Drama 29 (June, 1986): 207-215. Foulkes reviews the marital themes in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Chez Nous, and Passion Play, arguing for a common psychological pattern in all three plays’ central characters. Contains strong psychological criticism, which does not reduce the author’s consciousness to the same simple outline.
Miller, Brian. “Peter Nichols.” In British Television Drama, edited by George W. Brandt. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981. A survey of Nichols’s many excellent television plays. Well researched, with a modest appraisal of the material.
Nichols, Peter. “Peter Nichols on His Art, Politics, and Peers: An Interview.” Interview by William Demastes. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 3 (Fall, 1988): 101-112. Nichols answers questions about his writing, his politics, and his position in the writing community, issues similar to those that later preoccupy him in A Piece of My Mind. Demastes does a thorough job of positioning Nichols in relation to other English dramatists.
O’Connor, Gary. “Peter Nichols.” In Contemporary Dramatists, edited by Thomas Riggs. 6th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999. Contains a listing of the playwright’s work and a compressed critical discussion of six plays.
Parkin, Andrew. File on Nichols. London: Methuen, 1993. Detailed description of Nichols’s creative work including biographical information. A useful reference.
Wertheim, Albert. “The Modern British Homecoming Play.” Comparative Drama 19, no. 2 (1985): 151-165. Considers Born in the Gardens in relation to themes in plays by T. S. Eliot, Harold Pinter, and David Storey. The analysis takes for granted Nichols’s excellence and demonstrates the traditional quality of even his most personal writings.