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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The STR research grants programme is now open for applications

closing date March 26 2021

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Catch up with Nicholas Nickleby!

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A New Treasurer and a New STR Year

The STR is delighted to announce that we have a new Treasurer, Yona Lesger, who in early October took over from Geoff Davidson. See her entry in the Member Directory here.

October 1st is the beginning of the Society’s new year, and we hope that you will be renewing your membership for the year 2020-2021. And if you are not yet a member, we invite you to seize this opportunity to join us, with the opportunity to acquire some of our previous publications at a fraction of the usual cost.

For all details, go to the Join and Renew page.

For questions about joining or renewing, please contact the Treasurer, preferably by email to treasurer@str.org.uk

For questions about website access, please contact membersinterests@str.org.uk

Postal Communications

Our registered address for post – Blythe House – has now reopened. Postal communications should be sent to:
The Society for Theatre Research
c/o Department of Theatre and Performance,
V&A Blythe House
23 Blythe Road
London W14 0QX

For specific enquiries, please consult the contact page.

Member Notices

30 September 2020

Theatre Dance part of Early Dance Festival on Line 16-18 October

Howard Loxton

14 July 2020

Country Life and Mr Punch

Geoffrey Davidson

9 July 2020

British Theatre in Colonial America

Barry Sheppard

6 July 2020

Missing Matcham’s theatres

Geoffrey Davidson

30 March 2020

The Matcham Directory

Barry Sheppard

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

Browse older notices here


Join the Society and become part of our next seventy years celebrating British theatre in all its aspects.

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