The Society for Theatre Research

Research Awards


An application form for the Society's Research Awards 2018 are now available from our How to Apply page.

The Society has established its own research fund. The capital includes bequests from the estates of Stephen Joseph, Anthony Denning and Kathleen Barker. Awards may be made annually of sums ranging from £200 to £1,000, as contributions to the cost of research which is substantially concerned with the history and practice of the British theatre.

Private scholars, theatre professionals, academic staff, and students, of any nationality, are welcome to apply for Awards to help with such endeavours as the completion of work in progress; professional training in research techniques to assist established projects; a subvention towards the publication of completed work in which a publisher is already seriously interested.

All applicants for the 2018 Awards will be notified by the beginning of May of the outcome of their application. The winners will be announced publicly at the AGM.


Paul Iles Bequest

The Paul Iles Bequest has now been distributed. Barry Sheppard writes:
"Paul spent 12 years working in Australia, first as general manager of the State Theatre Company at the Adelaide Festival Centre, then as founding producer of the North Queensland Theatre Company, and later as general manager and director of Nimrod Theatre in Sydney ... When he died, at the age of 59, he left £10,000 to the Society for Theatre Research to be used for research into the history of theatre in Australia. He would be pleased to know that that money has now been put to work and that he is thereby still able to help the theatre industry in Australia - a reflection of the love he had for that country and of the happy years he had spent there."

Read a full list of recipients and their winning projects here.


The 2017 Research Awards were announced at the Society's Annual General Meeting in May. See the list of winners here.

The Society has now made grants in excess of £106,050 to 241 recipients since the first awards in 1988.