Theatre Notebook

A journal of the history and technique of the British theatre, exploring a wide interpretation of theatrical activities, covering buildings, performers, techniques, theory and practice connected with British and British-related theatre.

Our new Occasional Essays section continues with the history of Whirligig Theatre

The History of Whirligig Theatre

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Theatre Notebook is a journal of the history and technique of the British theatre. It interprets theatre widely, covering theatrical activities inside and outside theatre buildings, professional and amateur theatre, the business of theatre, stage design, the history of theatre buildings, acting technique, and theatre outside the British Isles that relates directly to the history and technique of British theatre.

The Editors of Theatre Notebook welcome offers of contributions that record, analyse, reinterpret and celebrate the achievements of British theatre practitioners from any period, including the very recent past. Essays that focus purely on dramatic literature are not considered.

The Editors recognise the crucial importance of a scholarly approach to facts and interpretation but have no theoretical preferences, recognising the importance of representing a wide spectrum of contemporary positions.

Theatre Notebook is published by the STR three times a year and distributed to subscribers.  Back Issues can be bought separately. Browse the Back Issue index and order from there.

It is published as a paper journal (also available on Project Muse), with occasional essays also published on the website here.

All enquiries and offers of contributions should be addressed to the editor, Trevor Griffiths. See below for details of submission criteria.

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Current Issue - Vol. 77, No. 3

TN 77.3 Arundel

Vol. 77, No. 3 (pp. 125-202, 2023)

“And let’s ramble”: Fantastic street Scenography in the Rover
Kate Aughterson

Unexpected Georgian Theatre: The Case of Arundel, West Sussex
Colin Chambers

The Stratford Roundhouse: Stratford’s Forgotten Theatre
Abigail Rokison-Woodall

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Submission Guidelines

Theatre Notebook is published by the STR three times a year. As a journal of the history and technique of the British theatre, we are prepared to consider work on a wide variety of topics concerned with theatre history and practice, but we do not publish essays that are mainly or solely concerned with dramatic literature or literary criticism of play texts.

We do not prescribe maximum or minimum lengths for essays and we welcome essays at any time of the year. We aim to respond to authors within a month, but at particularly busy times that may not always be possible.

Please note, articles should be formatted in accordance with Modern Language Association of America (MLA) style. British spelling should be used and the first names of all persons referred to should be given when they are first mentioned.

Essays will be considered anonymously so they should not contain any identification within the article itself, although we will need a short biographical note about the author when an article is accepted for publication. Authors should confirm that they have obtained and met the cost of any relevant permissions.

Essays that deserve widespread scholarly distribution but are tied to a particular event or date may be considered for publication in our new Occasional Essays section.

All enquiries about contributions are welcome, and should be directed to

or write to

Trevor Griffiths
Theatre Notebook
4 Warner Road

Occasional Essays

The STR website is proud to introduce a new series of occasional essays that will provide an outlet for material that deserves widespread scholarly distribution but is tied to a particular event or date.

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