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The STR Christmas Book Sale

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STR Christmas Book Sale

Open to members and non-members alike, the STR Bookshop is an Aladdin’s Cave of wonderful books on the theatre, with biographies of performers and managers, memoirs and anecdotes, books on theatre architecture, accounts of theatre and politics, practice and performance, and books of solid reference – still invaluable even in these googling days.

From now until the end of the year, the Bookshop is offering 3 books for £20 or 5 for £25 (UK p+p included, flat fee £5 for overseas). They make magnificent presents – and why not give yourselves a treat as well? Here’s how to do it

Browse the STR Bookshop here and pick out your books. To explore our online catalogue, click on the drop-down category menu and then on the relevant ‘shelf’. When you land on the ‘shelf’, make sure you scroll down to see the whole list of available books. Clicking on the title takes you to a brief description and image. If you would like to select this book as part of the offer, don’t add it to your basket, rather note down the title and author and add it to the Christmas Book Offer order form.
NB weekend website glitches have been solved – but if you encounter any problems please let us know by email to membersinterests@str.org.uk

Then choose your offer from these:
Get the 3 for £20 offer here
Get the 5 for £25 offer here

On each offer page is a button to add it to the basket, and a downloadable form where you can fill out your choices and tell us how you have paid. Just email this form back to us and we’ll send you your books.

Enjoy the Yuletide Book Flood!

PS The offer runs until the end of December, but orders received after Monday 21st December will not be dispatched in time to get to you before Christmas.

PPS the offer excludes The Theatric Tourist and Censorship of British Drama – but there is a wealth of other books! To acquire a copy of Censorship of British Drama and a discount on the Theatric Tourist as well, become a New Member and take advantage of the current bonus as well as discounts all year round. 

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 will take 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 and receive a wonderful bonus as well as 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