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Founded in 1948, the Society for Theatre Research brings together theatre researchers and the public to promote excellent research and practice. We are only able to do this through the support of our members, whose annual subscription helps keep the STR at the forefront of theatre research.

As well as the membership benefits below, joining the Society means being part of a supportive community. We bring together theatre researchers – both emerging and established – with theatre professionals, as well as those who simply love and want to learn more about performance. If you ever have a theatre-related question you’d like us to ask, or if you want to find people to collaborate with, get in touch. We’re also in contact with media outlets who ask us for recommendations of scholars working in certain fields. As a member you’ll be part of that conversation.

As important as what you get back, though, is what our members give to the wider research community. Your annual membership fee helps us encourage and promote the best in theatre and live performance research. It helps us to make our lecture series free and open to all. It supports the Poel Workshop, which gives talented performers free training from the best in the business, and it allows us to give our New Researchers’ Network the help they need in supporting emerging scholars.

We can only do this with your support, so we very much hope to welcome you as a member to the Society for Theatre Research.

When joining, as a new member, you are invited to choose any five books from the STR’s catalogue for only £25.  For an additional £20 you can add a copy of our Diamond Jubilee publication, a full-colour facsimile of James Winston’s The Theatric Tourist (full retail price £45).

Click the button below to visit the Society’s bookshop and catalogue, and order your books.



Three issues per year of our own journal, Theatre Notebook, containing a variety of articles on theatre history and practice, plus book reviews.

At least one annual full-length publication, written by leading theatre scholars, which will be delivered to your door every year.

Priority invitations and discounted rates to attend our events, such as the annual Book Prize Awards and STR performances.

Free publicity for your research interests and publications, both via this website and our social media and in our regular newsletter.

Please note: Our membership year runs between 1 October and 30 September. If you join at any time within this period then your membership will be backdated to 1 October, and you will be sent any publications that have already been issued during that membership year. If you are purchasing any time after June and would prefer your membership fees to relate to the following year instead, please just let us know.

Subscription Rate Changes

From September 2019 the subscription rates are changing. This is because so many of our necessary expenses are rising sharply, particularly those incurred in posting out our publications (especially overseas).The Society has not increased its subscription rate for individual or corporate members for ten years, and we are committed to keeping subscriptions as low as we can, in particular for our student members. Please see the documents available here for more information about this.

The new rates will be as follows:
Individual Members UK: £ 40.00; Overseas: £45.00
Student Members UK: £ 17.50; Overseas: £ 20.00 (unchanged)
Corporate Members UK:£ 50.00; Overseas: £ 60.00
Life Members (65 and over): £ 400.00
Theatre Notebook UK: £ 30.00; Overseas: £ 40.00

If you are joining before September in order to receive this year’s publications, your subscription will remain as below.

Choose your membership


Full membership of the STR (Oct-Sept). Inc. three issues of Theatre Notebook + annual publication.

UK Individual £35 Overseas Individual £40


Full membership (Oct-Sept) for those registered as a student. Inc. three issues of Theatre Notebook + annual publication.

UK Student £17.50 Overseas Student £20


Full membership for institutions, e.g. libraries and other societies. Receive 2x copies of Theatre Notebook (all issues) plus the annual publication.

UK Corporate £45 Overseas Corporate £50

Theatre Notebook Only

A subscription for Theatre Notebook, inc. three issues per year. Does not include Society membership.

Theatre Notebook only UK £25 Theatre Notebook only Overseas £30

Life - UK and Overseas

Full membership for life – no renewal fees, ever.
Life begins at 65!

Life £400