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The recent new play Red Velvet was based on an incident in the life of young black actor Ira Aldridge. For a limited period, STR members can enjoy a 25% discount … Continue reading

Powering Culture into a Sustainable Future

The first strategic guide for arts leaders on reimagining the energy demand and supply of cultural buildings. This month saw the launch of ‘Energising Culture,’ a guide to engage the UK’s … Continue reading

Lena Ashwell, by Margaret Leask

A new biography of Lena Ashwell, actress-manager (1869-1957) A collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire Press and the STR 978-1-907396-64-9, June 2012, 320pp, h/b £25/$50 For Ellen Terry, Lena Ashwell was … Continue reading

John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star

Why was John Gielgud considered the greatest classical actor of the twentieth century? What was the true nature of his difficult relationship with his great rival Laurence Olivier? How as a … Continue reading

Punch & Judy in Scotland

by Martin MacGilp My research project on the history of puppets and ventriloquism in Scotland was commenced some 15 years ago. In 2002 I received a research award from the Society … Continue reading

Launch of “The Stage’s Glory”: John Rich, 1692-1761

On Sunday 25 September 2011, at the Foundling Museum in London, joint editors Berta Joncus and Jeremy Barlow launched the first book devoted to eighteenth-century theatre manager John Rich. As well … Continue reading