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Jatinder Verma, Erin Lee and Paul Vale

Jatinder Verma, Erin Lee and Paul Vale to judge Theatre Book Prize for 2022

The judging panel for the 2022 Theatre Book Prize has been announced by The Society for Theatre Research.

Representing theatre critics, academia and theatre professionals, director Jatinder Verma, National Theatre Archivist Erin Lee and theatre critic Paul Vale will appoint a winner as part of a panel chaired by STR Committee Member Howard Loxton.

Chair of the panel Howard Loxton said, “We are looking forward to a rich selection of books this year, lockdown seems to have encouraged people to put pen to paper, including theatre professionals. The judges are eager to read them and the sooner they reach them the better.

2022 marks the 24th STR Theatre Book Prize, which was established in 1998 to celebrate the Society’s Golden Jubilee. The aim of the Book Prize is to encourage the writing and publication of books on British-related theatre history and practice.

Submissions are now being accepted for books published in 2021, closing 17 January 2022, with further details of how to nominate a book available via the Society for Theatre Research website.

The shortlist of 2021 titles for the 2022 Theatre Book Prize will be announced in early May and the winner in June 2021. 

Recent winners include Black British Women’s Theatre by Nicola Abrams; Year of the Mad King: The King Lear Diaries by Antony Sher; Different Drummer: The Life of Kenneth Macmillan by Jann Parry; Margot Fonteyn by Meredith Daneman and Balancing Acts by Nick Hytner.

Previous members of the judging panel include actors Penelope Keith and Corin Redgrave, producer Thelma Holt, actress-director Yvonne Brewster and critics Michael Billington and Daisy Bowie-Sell.


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