Since 1948, the Society has advanced research into British-related theatre. We run lectures and conferences, publish books and journals, offer funding and prizes, promote excellent scholarship and support the continuing development of practice.

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Research Awards Deadline Extensions

The deadline for Applications is now Monday March 30th, and the deadline for References is now Monday April 6th.

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New Scholars' Prize

Still time to enter! closing date 13 April 2020.

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Important Updates

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Postal Communications

Our registered address for post – Blythe House – is now closed for the duration of the coronavirus restrictions. However, our Treasurer, Geoff Davidson, has kindly offered as a temporary measure to let his own home address act as the Society’s address so that as far as possible most of our postal business can be carried on normally. If you need to send us something by post, please therefore send it to

Geoff Davidson
Bakers Barn
8 Hall Farm Green
Great Saling

And it will be dealt with as soon as possible, given the difficult circumstances.

Email communications are working normally, so please use our email contacts whenever possible.

Postponement of April lecture and May AGM.

After taking guidance from World Health Organisation announcements, the UK government’s current and planned future position on the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK, and the rapidly changing travel restrictions, the Society for Theatre Research committee has decided to postpone Dr Patrick Duggan’s lecture on 2nd April and the AGM/Annual Address at the Art Workers’ Guild on 19th May.

We have also made the decision to postpone the Poel Workshops scheduled for May. However, both the Research Awards and the New Scholars Prize are currently unaffected by this and their closing dates remain as advertised.  Alternative arrangements for the Book Prize event on June 18th are being discussed and will be announced soon.

We are very sorry to disappoint those who were planning on attending, but we have decided to exercise caution considering the risk to the health and safety of our speakers, members and supporters.

The rescheduled dates for both postponed events will be communicated as soon as possible. Announcements will be made here as soon as we have updates, and members will be informed by email and postal newsletter.

If you have any questions or queries about this announcement, please contact us at contact@str.org.uk

Member Notices

31 October 2019

Tell Me I’m Forgiven:The Story of Forgotten Stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney

Alison Child

18 October 2019

Liverpool theatrical treasure trove

Kate Quartano Brown

3 October 2019

Pierrots and concert parties

Tony Lidington

25 September 2019

European Historic Theatres Day – 25th October

Barry Sheppard

4 August 2019

Goodison Fellowship: open for applications

Howard Loxton

1 August 2019

Your chance to join the Tiller Girls………….

Barry Sheppard

30 July 2019

A new novel about Stoker, Irving and Terry

Howard Loxton

27 July 2019

Publishers offering discounts on books

Howard Loxton

16 July 2019

Fairfield Halls Croydon Open Day

Adam Harrison

6 July 2019

Richmond Theatre Open Day & Event

Adam Harrison

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Highlights of membership

  • the Society’s journal, Theatre Notebook (three times a year)
  • social gatherings after the Christmas Lecture and the AGM
  • at least one exclusive book publication a year
  • the winter lecture series (October - May)
  • a variety of other events around the UK (and occasionally abroad)
  • the opportunity to publicise your research interests on our website