Peter Dazeley's book 'London Theatres' shortlisted for STR Theatre Book Prize

30 May 2018

Region: London

'London Theatres' by Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley has been short-listed for the STR (society for Theatre Research) Book Prize.   . 

Quoting from the introduction to the book:  "Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley invite you on a tour of forty-six of the theatres that make London what it is, with stories of the architecture and productions and the personalities that have defined each one.  Sumptuous photographs of the public areas, auditorium and backstage complete the picture"



The judges have announced their shortlist for the prize for books published in 2017. Chosen from an entry of 60 titles submitted by publishers it is (alphabetically):

Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner (Jonathan Cape)

Black British Drama - A Transnational Story by Michael Pearce (Routledge)

Child Actors on the London Stage, c 1600 by Julie Ackroyd (Sussex Academic Press)

Costume in Performance by Donatella Barbieri (Bloomsbury)

London Theatres by Peter Dazeley and Michael Coveney (Frances Lincoln)

Shakespeare on Stage: Vol 2 – Twelve Leading Actors on Twelve Key Roles

by Julian Curry (Nick Hern Books)

The winner will be announced on 21 June 2018 at a reception at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane at 11.30 am (doors open at 11 am) when the judges will speak about the year’s books and the presentations be made. Publishers and their authors are cordially invited and an invitation accompanies this announcement.

About the Prize

This prize was established to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research (which was founded in 1948) and to encourage the writing and publication of books on all aspects of theatre history and practice, both those that present the theatre of the past and those that record contemporary theatre for the future.  First awarded for books published in 1997, it is presented annually for a new book on British or British related theatre which an independent panel of judges considers to be the best published during the year. Play texts and studies of drama as literature are not eligible. The judges are drawn from theatre professionals, theatre critics, theatre academics and archivists, with a chairperson from the committee of the Society for Theatre Research.

The Judges

This year’s judges are Paul Miller, Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, theatre critic Sam Marlowe and Professor Jeffery Richards. They are chaired by Howard Loxton representing the Society for Theatre Research.

Paul Miller became Artistic Director at the in-the-round Orange Tree Theatre in 2014 after being Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres. He had directed plays for the National Theatre, the Royal Court, in the West End, and among others Hampstead Theatre, the Bush, the Arcola and the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Sam Marlowe is a theatre critic who trained as an actor and began her writing career as a critic and features writer for What's On In London magazine. She later became that magazine's theatre editor, before going on to work at The Independent, where she regularly contributed arts features. She is now a freelance arts journalist and regular theatre critic for The Times, Metro and The Chicago Tribune, and a judge for Theatre Awards UK.

Jeffery Richards is Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University. His numerous publications include Sir Henry Irving: a Victorian Actor and his World, which was short-listed for the STR Theatre Book Prize in 2005.

Press contact: Howard Loxton 0207267 4513