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STR Theatre Book Prize (Your News)

STR Theatre Book Prize (Your News)

Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh by Alan Strachan has been awarded the Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize. (for books published in 2019)

Theatre Book Prize Judge Panellist, Professor Edith Hall, writes: “It has been a joy and a privilege to read all the books submitted, and being prompted to remember heady days and evenings in live theatres has been a boon during a period of national lockdown where we have been so starved of live entertainment of any kind whatsoever.”

Since 1998, the Society for Theatre Research has awarded the Theatre Book Prize annually to the best new book on any aspect of British or British-related theatre history and practice. The Prize is judged by an independent panel representing the theatrical profession, critics and academics.
The winner has been chosen from the following short list:

The Art of the Artistic Director: Conversations with Leading Practitioners
Christopher Haydon (Methuen Drama)

The Birth of Modern Theatre: Rivalry, Riots, and Romance in the Age of Garrick
Norman S. Poser (Routledge)

Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh
Alan Strachan (I B Tauris)

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance
Robert Leach (Routledge)

Playwriting: Structure, Character, How and What to Write
Stephen Jeffreys and Dr Maeve McKeown (Nick Hern Books)

Shakespeare Spelt Ruin: The Life of Frederick Balsir Chatterton, Drury Lane’s Last Bankrupt
by Robert Whelan (Jacob Tonson)