The Society for Theatre Research

STR Theatre Book Prize

Short List

Juggling Trajectories: Gandini Juggling MXMXCI ­ MMXV
by Thom?s J M Wilson (Gandini Press)

London's West End Actresses and the Origins of Celebrity Charity, 1880-1920
by Catherine Hindson (University of Iowa Press)

Nobody Knows but Everyone Remembers
by Mark Long (People Show)

Shakespeare in Ten Acts
by Gordon McMullan & Zoe Wilcox (British Library Publications)

Stage Managing Chaos: A Diary of the Old Vic Production of Fernando Arrabal's The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria
by Jackie Harvey and Tim Kelleher (McFarland)

Theatrical Unrest: Ten Riots in the History of the Stage
by Sean McEvoy (Routledge)

The winner will be announced at a reception at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 11.30 am (doors open 11.00). STR members, theatre professionals, writers, publishers, booksellers and theatregoers are cordially invited but space is limited for an invitation please e-mail

This Year's Judges

The judges for books published in 2016 are actress, director and author Nichola McAuliffe, critic, academic and author Aleks Sierz and Victorian and Albert Museum Theatre Collections curator and author Cathy Haill.

Books Published in 2016

A list of books entered with links to their publishers' catalogue entries is here.

Previous winners

2015The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 by Steve Nicholson
(University of Exeter Press)
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
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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