The Society for Theatre Research and the judges are pleased to announce the short list for the Theatre Book Prize for 2005.
The judges are
Yvonne Brewster OBE
Professor Jan McDonald MA, FRSE, FRSAMD, FRSA
and Ruth Leon
The short-listed titles are
Fanny Kemble: a Reluctant Celebrity
by Rebecca Jenkins (Simon & Schuster)
Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre 1660-1914
edited by Edith Hall & Fiona Macintosh (Oxford University Press)
1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
by James Shapiro (Faber & Faber)
Sir Henry Irving: A Victorian Actor and his World
by Jeffrey Richards (Hambledon and London)
Peter Brook: and the Way of the Theatre
by Michael Kustow (Bloomsbury)
The Coming of Godot: A Short History of a Masterpiece
by Jonathan Croall (Oberon)
The winner of the Theatre Book Prize will be announced on the morning of April 5th, 2006, at a reception at the Theatre Museum
ABOUT THE JUDGES
Yvonne Brewster, actor and director who was a founder-director of leading British black theatre company Talawa and its artistic director until 2003. She has also served on many public committees and was nominated as one of the 100 Great Black Britons.
Professor Jan McDonald has recently retired as Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow and is also Chair of the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre.
Ruth Leon, critic, columnist and author replaces original 2005 panel member, Sheridan Morley, Principal Theatre Critic of the Daily Express, who had to withdraw for surgery. We are very grateful that Miss Leon, his fellow critic and co-author, agreed to take over from him.
The panel is chaired by Howard Loxton for the Society for Theatre Research, who votes only if there is a tie.
ABOUT THE THEATRE BOOK PRIZE
The Theatre Book Prize was first awarded for 1997 to celebrate the Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research. It was created to encourage the writing and publication of books on theatre history and practice, both those which present the theatre of the past and those which record contemporary theatre for the future. It is now presented annually for a book on theatre which an independent panel of judges considers to be the best published during the year. All new works of original research first published in English are eligible except for play texts and studies of drama as literature.
Theatre Book Prize
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