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.

Enquiries from publishers and others should be addressed to bookprize@str.org.uk, which is also the general media contact.


Winner of the Theatre Book Prize for books published in 2015

The winner, announced at a reception on at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane by distinguished actress Dame Siân Phillips is:


The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968
by Steve Nicholson
(University of Exeter Press). 

It the fourth volume of a major study based on papers from the Lord Chamberlain's Office now in the British Library. It is a meticulously researched contribution to theatre studies that uncovers some hilarious material as records the operation of theatre censorship before 1968.

See news item.


Judges for the Theatre Book Prize for titles published in 2015

Sam Walters, theatre director, founder and until recently artistic director of the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Sarah Hemming, theatre critic for the Financial Times

Colin Chambers, Professor Emeritus Kingston University, formerly Literary Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company and author among many books of the winner of the first Theatre Book Prize, awarded in 1997 for his The Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent.


Theatre Book Prize - Shortlist for books published in 2015

1606 William Shakespeare and the Year of King Lear
by James Shapiro
(Faber & Faber)

The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968
by Steve Nicholson
(University of Exeter Press)

Howard Barker's Theatre
edited by James Reynolds and Andy W. Smith
(Bloomsbury)

John Osborne
by Peter Whitebrook
(Oberon)

Orson Welles: One Man Band
by Simon Callow
(Jonathan Cape)

        


Theatre Book Prize - List of Entries for books published in 2015

Each "Publisher's link" links to each book's page on its individual publisher's website.

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40 Years Paines Plough: The National Theatre of New Plays
(Paines Plough)

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The 101 Greatest Plays
by Michael Billington (Faber)

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1606 William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
by James Shapiro (Faber)

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The Absence of America
by Gavin Hollis (Oxford University Press)

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Anecdotal Shakespeare: A New Performance History
by Paul Menzer (Oxford University Press)

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Behind the Seams
by James Bellini and Sally Angel (Morris Angel)

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Being a Dancer
by Lyndsey Winship (Nick Hern Books)

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The Blue Touch Paper
by David Hare (Faber)

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British Theatre and Performance 1900-1950
by Rebecca De Monte (Bloomsbury)

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British Theatre Companies 1980-1994
by Graham Saunders (Bloomsbury)

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British Theatre Companies 1995-2014
by Liz Tomlin (Bloomsbury)

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The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 4 The Sixties
by Steve Nicholson

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Child Labor in the British Victorian Entertainment Industy 1875-1914
by Dyan Colclough (Palgrave)

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Circumstantial Shakespeare
by Lorna Hutson (Oxford University Press)

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Curtain Up: Agatha Christie - A Life in Theatre
by Julius Green (HarperCollins)

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The Forest and the Field
by Chris Good (Oberon Books)

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The Golden Age of Pantomime
by Jeffrey Richards (I B Tauris)

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How to Write About Theatre
by Mark Fisher (Bloomsbury)

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Howard Barker's Theatre
by Ed James Reynolds and Andy W. Smith (Bloomsbury)

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I Hope I Don't Intrude
by David Vincent (Oxford University Press)

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Ira Aldridge The Last Years 1855-1867
by Bernth iLndfors (Univ of Rochester Press)

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John Osborne
by Peter Whitebrook (Oberon)

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Jenny Lind: the Story of a Swedish Nightingale
by Sarah Jenny Dunsmure (Red Door)

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Make/Believe : UK Design for Performance 2011 ­ 2015
edited by Kate Burnett (Society of British Theatre Designers)

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The Old Stagers
by Richard Ritchie (OS Publishing)

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Orson Welles Volume 3: One Man Band
by Simon Callow (Jonathan Cape)

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The Outstanding Actor
by Ken Rea (Bloomsbury)

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The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater
Edited by Nadine George-Graves (Oxford University Press)

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Performing King Lear
by Jonathan Croall (Bloomsbury)

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Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd
ed Carl Lavery & Clare Finburgh (Bloomsbury)

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Round the Footlights
by Mick Escott (Brown Dog Books)

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Royal Court International
by Elaine Aston & Mark O'Thomas (Palgrave)

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Shakespeare's Heartbeat
by Kelly Hunter (Routledge)

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Staging the Peninsular War - EnglishTheatres 1807-1815
by Susan Valladares (Ashgate)

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The Taste of British South Asian Theatres
by Chandrika Patel (Lulu)

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The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth
by David Ian Rabey (Bloomsbury)

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The Time Traveller's Guide to British Theatre
by Aleks Zierz and Lia Ghilardi (Oberon)

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What's the Play and Where's the Stage
by Alan Stockwell (Vesper Hawk)

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Theatre of the People: Donald Wolfit's Shakespearean Productions 1937-1953
by Lawrence Raw (Rowman & Littlefield)

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Variety at Night is Good for You
by J.O. Blake

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Year of the Fat Knight
by Antony Sher (Nick Hern Books)

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Previous winners

2014Oliver! by Marc Napolitano (Oxford University Press)
2013The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal (Oberon)
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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