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 firstname.lastname@example.org, which is also the general media contact.
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.
|2014||Oliver! by Marc Napolitano (Oxford University Press)|
|2013||The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal (Oberon)|
|2012||Mr Foote's Other Leg by Ian Kelly (Picador)|
|2011||Covering McKellen by David Weston (Rickshaw Publishing)|
|2010||The Reluctant Escapologist by Mike Bradwell (Nick Hern Books)|
|2009||Different Drummer: the Life of Kenneth Macmillan by Jann Parry (Faber & Faber)|
|2008||Theatre and Globalisation: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era by Patrick Lonergan (Palgrave Macmillan)|
|2007||State of the Nation by Michael Billington (Faber & Faber)|
|2006||John Osborne: A Patriot for Us by John Heilpern (Chatto & Windus)|
|2005||1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro (Faber & Faber)|
|2004||Margot Fonteyn by Meredith Daneman (Penguin/Viking)|
|2003||National Service by Richard Eyre (Bloomsbury)|
|2002||A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000 by Christopher Morash (Cambridge University Press)|
|2001||Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840-1880 by Jim Davis & Victor Emeljanow (Iowa University Press/University of Hertfordshire Press)|
|2000||Politics, Prudery and Perversion.... Censorship 1906-68 by Nicholas de Jongh (Methuen)|
|1999||Garrick by Ian McIntyre (Allen Lane)|
|1998||Threads of Time by Peter Brook (Methuen)|
|1997||The Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent by Colin Chambers (Nick Hern)|