The Society for Theatre Research

STR Theatre Book Prize

About the Theatre Book Prize

This prize was established to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research which was founded in 1948. It was first awarded for books published in 1997. Its aim is to encourage the writing and publication of books on theatre history and practice, both those which present the theatre of the past and those which record contemporary theatre for the future. It is presented annually for a book on British or British related theatre which an independent panel of judges considers to be the best published during the year.

All new works of original research first published in English are eligible except for play texts and studies of drama as literature. There are three judges, who are different each year. They are drawn from the ranks of people working in theatre ­ performers, directors and others, theatre critics, senior academics concerned with theatre and theatre archivists, with a chairperson who is a member of the committee of the Society for Theatre Research.

The judges for books published in 2014 are:
Christopher Morahan CBE, a theatre, film and television director with an impressive record of work at the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End and director of iconic television drama such as The Jewel in the Crown and A Dance to the Music of Time.

Matt Wolf,  the London theatre critic of The International New York Times (formerly The International Herald Tribune), theatre editor at the and London correspondent of


Vivien Gardner, Emerita Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Manchester. Publishers with eligible 2014 titles should contact for submission details. This is also the general media contact.

STR Theatre Book Prize for books published in 2013

The presentation ceremony was held at the London Palladium on Friday 9th May, 2014 where Maureen Lipman CBE announced the winner as:

The National Theatre Story
by Daniel Rosenthal (Oberon)

A full report, sound recording and photographs are available here.

Previous winners

2012Mr Foote's Other Leg by Ian Kelly (Picador)
2011Covering McKellen by David Weston (Rickshaw Publishing)
2010The Reluctant Escapologist by Mike Bradwell (Nick Hern Books)
2009Different Drummer: the Life of Kenneth Macmillan by Jann Parry (Faber & Faber)
2008Theatre and Globalisation: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era by Patrick Lonergan (Palgrave Macmillan)
2007State of the Nation by Michael Billington (Faber & Faber)
2006John Osborne: A Patriot for Us by John Heilpern (Chatto & Windus)
20051599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro  (Faber & Faber)
2004Margot Fonteyn by Meredith Daneman (Penguin/Viking)
2003National Service by Richard Eyre (Bloomsbury)
2002A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000 by Christopher Morash (Cambridge University Press)
2001Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840-1880 by Jim Davis & Victor Emeljanow (Iowa University Press/University of Hertfordshire Press)
2000Politics, Prudery and Perversion.... Censorship 1906-68 by Nicholas de Jongh (Methuen)
1999Garrick by Ian McIntyre (Allen Lane)
1998Threads of Time by Peter Brook (Methuen)
1997The Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent by Colin Chambers  (Nick Hern)

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