We are delighted to announce that we have been able to keep subscription rates the same as last year in spite of rising costs.


To join or to renew your membership for 2023-2024, simply click on the appropriate button in the choices below.

Note you can also make up the 2022-2023 subscription if required. The 2022-2023 late renewal top-up box is right at the bottom of the options.


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 funds an Annual Prize for the best book on the theatre published that year. It allows us to fund a New Scholars Prize and give our New Researchers’ Network the help they need in supporting emerging scholars. Finally it funds new research by all types of scholars – academic, independent, practitioners and theoreticians – on a vast range of subjects via the annual Research Grants.

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.

In addition, whenever they join, new members are invited to choose any five books from the STR’s catalogue for only £25 (excluding back issues of Theatre Notebook and The Theatric Tourist).  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 a 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 a leading theatre scholar, which will be delivered to your door every year.

Invitations to special STR events such as backstage theatre visits plus priority access to public occasions such as the Theatre Book Prize presentation.

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

Special Offers for New Members Only

New members joining at any time can take advantage of a special Bookshop offer:
the Society is offering any five books in the catalogue (excluding back issues of Theatre Notebook and The Theatric Tourist) for only £25, inclusive of p&p.
Download the order form and pay here.

And a delightful plus: you’re a new Member, you’ve selected your five books, but you would really like a copy of The Theatric Tourist as well?  This marvellously illustrated volume normally costs £45, but you can add a copy to your Sale items for just £20 more.
Download the order form and pay here

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 for 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 rates remain the same for 2023-2024

Individual Members UK: £ 40.00; Overseas: £45.00
Student Members UK: £ 17.50; Overseas: £ 20.00
Corporate Members UK:£ 50.00; Overseas: £ 60.00
Life Members (65 and over): £ 400.00
Theatre Notebook Only UK: £ 30.00; Overseas: £ 40.00

Choose your membership

Individual 2023-2024

Full membership for Individual subscribers. You receive Volume 78 of Theatre Notebook (three issues) plus the Annual Publication (to be revealed!)plus access to the Member Directory and all other member privileges.

UK Individual £40 Overseas Individual £45

Corporate 2023-2024

Full membership for institutions, e.g. libraries and other societies. You receive one copy of Theatre Notebook (Vol 78) plus a copy of the Annual Publication (to be revealed!) and full member privileges.

UK Corporate £50 Overseas Corporate £60

Student 2023-2024

Full membership for registered students. You receive Volume 78 of Theatre Notebook (three issues) plus the Annual Publication (to be revealed) plus access to the Member Directory and all other member privileges.

UK Student £17.50 Overseas Student £20

Life - UK and Overseas

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

Life £400

Theatre Notebook only 2023-2024

A subscription to Theatre Notebook, one volume (three issues) per year, which will be Volume 78. Does not include Society membership or the Annual Publication.

Theatre Notebook UK £30 Theatre Notebook Overseas £40

Late Renewals for 2022-2023

Please use these buttons to renew your subscription for the year October 1 2022 to September 30 2023. We will then send you the three issues of Theatre Notebook Vol 77 as they come out, plus a copy of Iain Mackintosh’s Theatre Spaces, the 2022-2023 Annual Publication.
Don’t forget to check your contact addresses so that they remain up-to-date!

2022-2023: UK Individual 2022-2023: Overseas Individual 2022-2023: UK Student 2022-2023: Overseas Student 2022-2023: UK Corporate 2022-2023: Overseas Corporate 2022-2023: Theatre Notebook only UK 2022-2023: Theatre Notebook only Overseas


To make up subscriptions for earlier years, and for all membership and website access enquiries please email membersinterests@str.org.uk