2007 Theatre Book prize

State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945

Michael Billington (Faber & Faber)



The Theatre Book Prize was set up to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research. Ten years have passed since then, and this occasion, the eleventh time the prize had been awarded, the event formed part of STR’s 60th anniversary year. The Society wanted to encourage the publishing of books on the history – past and present – and the technique of British theatre and there did seem to have been a big increase in theatre books at least the ones entered for the Prize.

The award was presented by Sir Donald Sinden CBE



State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 by Michael Billington (Faber & Faber)

Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment by David Worrall (Pickering & Chatto)

London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror by Richard J. Hand & Michael Wilson (University of Exeter)

Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain by Anne Varty (Palgrave Macmillan)

Rudolf Nureyev the Life by Julie Kavanagh (Fig Tree/Penguin)

Spectacular Flirtations by Gillian Perry (Yale University Press)


The judges were:

Professor Jeffrey Richards, Lancaster University

Siân Phillips, actor

Claire Allfree, critic