The shortlist for the Theatre Book Prize , to be revealed next month, has been announced by the Society for Theatre Research. The titles are: The Golden Generation: New Light on Post-War British Theatre, edited by Dominic Shellard (British Library); Stage Presence: The Actor as Mesmerist by Jane Goodall (Routledge); A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families by Michael Holroyd (Chatto); Theatre and Globalisation: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era by Patrick Lonergan (Palgrave Macmillan ) ; Theatre of the Troubles by Bill McDonnell (Exeter University Press); and Verbatim: Techniques in Contemporary Theatre edited by Will Hammond and Dan Steward (Oberon).
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. All new works of original research first published in English are eligible except for play texts and studies of drama as literature.