Theatre Book Prize

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The Theatre Book Prize was established to celebrate the Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research (founded in Britain in 1948), and to encourage writing and publication of books on theatre history and practice—both those that present the theatre of the past and those that record contemporary theatre for the future. It was first awarded in 1998 for the best new theatre title published in English during 1997. It is now presented annually for a book on British or British related theatre that an independent panel of judges considers the best published in the preceding year. All new works of original research first published in English are eligible, except for play texts and studies of drama as literature. There are three judges, who are different each year. They are drawn from the ranks of people working in theatre: performers, directors, theatre critics, senior academics concerned with theatre, and theatre archivists.

The Prize embraces all aspects and genres of theatre from opera and ballet to circus and music hall, mime and puppetry as well as 'legitimate' forms and, as the list of previous winners shows, entries are drawn from right across the publishing spectrum.

Short list for theatre books published in 2008[edit]

  • The Golden Generation: New Light on Post-war British Theatre, edited by Dominic Shellard (British Library)
  • Stage Presence: The Actor as Mesmerist by Jane Goodall (Routledge)
  • A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families by Michael Holroyd (Chatto and Windus)
  • Theatre and Globalisation : Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era by Patrick Lonergan (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Theatre of The Troubles by Bill McDonnell (Exeter University Press)
  • Verbatim: Techniques in Contemporary Theatre, edited by Will Hammond and Dan Steward (Oberon)

Previous Prize Winners[edit]

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