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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Important updates

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'Remote AGM'

Our Annual Report and Financial Statements are now available

Public Documents

‘Remote’ Annual General Meeting Process

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Society is adopting a ‘remote-AGM’ that will be carried out entirely via email and post. Due to social distancing measures, an in-person AGM is not possible and the Annual Address has also been cancelled.

Members will be issued AGM papers on Wednesday 27th May either by email or post as requested. In addition, the Annual Report and Financial Statement are both available here.

The deadline for registering Matters Arising, Resolutions or Any Other Business is Wednesday 17th June. All correspondence should be addressed to the Hon Sec via contact@str.org.uk or 4 Kings Road, Chalvey, Slough, Berkshire SL1 2PT.

After Wednesday 17th June, the committee will collate all correspondence and issue a response to Membership, addressing any questions in relation to the documents.

On Wednesday 24th June, the Society will announce its new committee members, officers, co-opted committee members and advisers; the winners of the New Scholars’ Prize; as well as making the President’s Address available to members.

Sadly, we have been forced to cancel all future live events; however, the STR monthly newsletter will still continue during the lockdown, the STR website has new articles every week, and there is plenty to look forward to from the STR. We recently announced the Research Awards recipients and the Theatre Book Prize winner will be revealed on Thursday 18th June. Members will soon find their copy of this year’s annual publication making its way to them in the post, as well as the next issue of Theatre Notebook.

If you’d like to join the Society, or need to renew your membership, you can do so on our Join and Renew page here.

Simon Sladen, Chair of the Society

Postal Communications

Our registered address for post – Blythe House – is now closed for the duration of the coronavirus restrictions.  All communications regarding AGM business should be addressed to the Hon Sec via contact@str.org.uk or by post to 4 Kings Road, Chalvey, Slough, Berkshire SL1 2PT.

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 (unrelated to the AGM), 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.

Member Notices

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

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

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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