The judges have now announced their short list for the Society's Theatre Book Prize for books published in 2007. They are (in alphabetical order):
London's Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror
by Richard J. Hand, & Michael Wilson (University of Exeter Press)
Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment
by David Worrall (Pickering & Chatto)
Rudolf Nureyev by Julie Kavanagh (Fig Tree/Penguin)
Spectacular Flirtations by Gill Perry (Yale University Press)
The State of the Nation by Michael Billington (Faber & Faber)
The short list was not easily agreed upon, according to administrator and chair of the judging panel, Howard Loxton. With eighty theatre books submitted by publishers there were many contenders. The judges' choices differed widely but they finally agreed upon Julie Cavanagh's masterly biography of Rudolf Nureyev, Michael Billington's look at post-war Britain from Attlee to Blair from a theatrical perspective, an account of 1920s West End London's Grand-Guignol from Richard J. Hand & Michael Wilson, David Worrall's exploration of the presentation of foreign cultures and ethnicities on the popular British stage from 1750 to 1840, a first major study of children in Victorian theatre by Anne Varty and a study of the Georgian actress and the close relationship between the dramatic and visual arts by Gill Perry.
They still have some weeks to deliberate upon the final winner. We will know their choice on 1st April 2008. Members wishing to attend the event should contact email@example.com to apply for an invitation. Anne Varty The Society thank The Really Useful Theatres Group, The Lord of the Rings and Dewynters plc for their support of this year's event.
Theatre Book Prize
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3rd March 2008