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THEATRE BOOK PRIZE • Society for Theatre Research

2014 Theatre Book Prize reception


The Society for Theatre Research


Short List

for books published in 2013 (in alphabetical order)

The National Theatre Story
 by Daniel Rosenthal (Oberon)

The Other National Theatre: 350 Years of Shows in Drury Lane
by Robert Whelan (Jacob Tonson)

Speaking The Speech: An Actor’s Guide To Shakespeare
  by Giles Block (Nick Hern Books)

Stage Blood: Five tempestuous years in the early life of the National Theatre
 by Michael Blakemore (Faber & Faber)

Wooden Os: Shakespeare’s Theatres and England’s Trees
 by Vin Nardizzi (University of Toronto Press)

The winner of the Theatre Book Prize will be announced on Friday 9th May at 2.30 pm at a reception in the Val Parnell Suite at the London Palladium when the judges will speak about the year’s theatre books and Maureen Lipman CBE will present the prize.


The Theatre Book Prize is an annual award first presented in to mark the Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research in 1998. It was created to encourage the writing and publication of books on British, or British-related theatre history and practice, both those which present the theatre of the past and those which record contemporary theatre for the future. All new works of original research first published in English on British or British-related theatre are eligible except for play texts and studies of drama as literature. The winner is chosen by an independent panel of judges which changes every year.

More about the Theatre Book Prize on


Kate Bassett is a journalist and theatre critic who has worked as theatre critic for The Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday as well as contributing to many other publications and featuring regularly on BBC Radio Night Waves and On Air. In 2013 her book In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller was shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography in 2013 and the HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize.

Charlotte Westenra is a theatre director who has made her mark with productions such as Lower Ninth(Donmar at Trafalgar Studios), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Donmar Warehouse), Darfur (with Nicholas Kent, Tricycle Theatre), Gladiator Games (Sheffield Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East) and as one of the directors of 66 Books (Bush Theatre). She is the winner of an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement and is an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre.

Andy Lavender is Professor of Theatre & Performance and Head of the School of Arts at the University of Surrey. He was previously Dean of Research at Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London.

The panel is chaired by Howard Loxton for the Society for Theatre Research.


2012 Mr Foote’s Other Leg by Ian Kelly (Picador) 2011 Covering McKellen by David Weston (Rickshaw Publishing)

2010 The Reluctant Escapologist by Mike Bradwell (Nick Hern Books) 2009 Different Drummer: the Life of Kenneth Macmillan by Jann Parry (Faber & Faber) 2008 Theatre and Globalisation: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era by Patrick Lonergan (Palgrave Macmillan) 2007 State of the Nation by Michael Billington (Faber & Faber)

2006 John Osborne: A Patriot for Us by John Heilpern (Chatto & Windus) 20051599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro  (Faber & Faber) 2004 Margot Fonteyn by Meredith Daneman (Penguin/Viking)

2003 National Service by Richard Eyre (Bloomsbury)

2002 A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000 by Christopher Morash (Cambridge University Press)

2001 Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840-1880 by Jim Davis & Victor Emeljanow (Iowa University Press/University of Hertfordshire Press) 2000 Politics, Prudery and Perversion…. Censorship 1906-68 by Nicholas de Jongh (Methuen) 1999 Garrick by Ian McIntyre (Allen Lane) 1998 Threads of Time by Peter Brook (Methuen)

1997 The Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent by Colin Chambers (Nick Hern Books)

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