Rory Kinnear, who presented the prize with winner Sir Nicholas Hytner (Credit: Ben Wooldridge).
Balancing Acts, Sir Nicholas Hytner’s account of his years at the head of the National Theatre, was announced as the winner of the Society’s annual Theatre Book Prize, chosen from over 60 titles entered by publishers from books published in 2017. The prize was presented at a gathering in the Grand Saloon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane by leading actor Rory Kinnear (then appearing in the Scottish Play at the National Theatre).
Now an established event on the Society’s calendar, it brings together writers, publishers, academics, critics and theatre folk ranging from 90-year old actress and former Tiller girl Audrey Melbourne to members of the Society’s young New Research Network members, Directors of renowned publishing imprints to West End stage managers.
Neither STR President Timothy West or our Chairman Simon Sladen were able to attend this year so as Society representative and Chair of the Judges Howard Loxton opened the proceedings by welcoming guests and introducing Rory Kinnear to make the awards to the authors of the six short-listed titles:
by Nicholas Hytner (Jonathan Cape)
Black British Drama – A Transnational Story
by Michael Pearce (Routledge)
Child Actors on the London Stage, c 1600
by Julie Ackroyd (Sussex Academic Press)
Costume in Performance
by Donatella Barbieri (Bloomsbury)
by Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley (Frances Lincoln)
Shakespeare on Stage: Vol 2 – Twelve Leading Actors on Twelve Key Roles
by Julian Curry (Nick Hern Books)