Simon Callow, Arthur Laurents, Sue Prideaux and More Make Shortlist for 2014 Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography
Today, the shortlist is announced for the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, now in its sixth year -- the contenders are:
- Arthur Laurents for The Rest Of The Story,
- Kate Bassett for In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller,
- Michael Pennington for Sweet William,
- Sue Prideaux for Strindberg, A Life,
- Rupert Everett for Vanished Years.
The annual Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography will be awarded in anInvitation only ceremony on 27 February 2013 at The Garrick Club. For more information, visit www.thesheridanmorleyprize.org.
About the Sheridan Morley Prize: During a long and illustrious career Sheridan Morley wrote more than 30 books, including major biographies of Noel Coward, John Gielgud, his father Robert Morley, and his grandmother Gladys Cooper. To continue his legacy in the forefront of this field of literary endeavour and to celebrate the art of theatrical biography, The Sheridan Morley Prize is awarded annually for the best biography, autobiography or diary of a theatrical, artistic, or show-business subject published in the English language in the preceding calendar year.
The 5th annual Prize will be presented on March 8th, at the Garrick Club in London's Covent Garden. Last year's Prize was won by My Life in Pieces by Simon Callow. This year the Jury includes Last Year's Book Prize Winner Simon Callow,Theatre Critic Georgina Brown and Dramatist and Screenwriter Martin Sherman, and is chaired by the critic, broadcaster and biographer Ruth Leon.
The prize is supported by the Garrick Club of which Sheridan was a lifelong member and by contributions from Sheridan's friends and colleagues.
The Prize is administered by Oberon Books on behalf of the Trustees - Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson, Michael Arditti, Ruth Leon - and a diverse range of more than 30 books have been submitted by their authors and publishers.
Pictured: Simon Callow. Photo by Paul Clapp.