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Founded in 1948, the Society for Theatre Research brings together theatre researchers and the public to promote excellent research and practice. We are only able to do this through the support of our members, whose annual subscription helps keep the STR at the forefront of theatre research.

As well as the membership benefits below, joining the Society means being part of a supportive community. We bring together theatre researchers – both emerging and established – with theatre professionals, as well as those who simply love and want to learn more about performance. If you ever have a theatre-related question you’d like us to ask, or if you want to find people to collaborate with, get in touch. We’re also in contact with media outlets who ask us for recommendations of scholars working in certain fields. As a member you’ll be part of that conversation.

As important as what you get back, though, is what our members give to the wider research community. Your annual membership fee helps us encourage and promote the best in theatre and live performance research. It helps us to make our Lecture Series free and open to all. It supports the Poel Workshop, which gives talented performers free training from the best in the business, and funds an Annual Prize for the best book on the theatre published that year. It allows us to fund a New Scholars Prize and give our New Researchers’ Network the help they need in supporting emerging scholars. Finally it funds new research by all types of scholars – academic, independent, practitioners and theoreticians – on a vast range of subjects via the annual Research Awards.

We can only do this with your support, so we very much hope to welcome you as a member to the Society for Theatre Research.

When joining, as a new member, you are invited to choose any five books from the STR’s catalogue for only £25.  For an additional £20 you can add a copy of our Diamond Jubilee publication, a full-colour facsimile of James Winston’s The Theatric Tourist (full retail price £45).

Click the button below to visit the Society’s bookshop and catalogue, and order your books.



Three issues a year of our own journal, Theatre Notebook, containing a variety of articles on theatre history and practice, plus book reviews.

At least one annual full-length publication, written by a leading theatre scholar, which will be delivered to your door every year.

Invitations to special STR events such as backstage theatre visits plus priority access to public occasions such as the Theatre Book Prize presentation. Current offer – special visit to the Water Rats

Free publicity for your research interests and publications, both via this website and our social media and in our regular newsletter.

Special Offers for New Members Only

Five Books for £25: the Society is offering any five books in the catalogue (excluding back issues of Theatre Notebook; The Holdens; and The Theatric Tourist) for only £25, inclusive of p&p.

Download the order form and pay here.

And a bonus: you’re a new Member, you’ve selected your five books, but you would really like a copy of The Theatric Tourist as well?  This marvellously illustrated volume normally costs £45, but you can add a copy to your Sale items for just £20 more.

Download the order form and pay here

Please note: Our membership year runs between 1 October and 30 September. If you join at any time within this period then your membership will be backdated to 1 October, and you will be sent any publications that have already been issued during that membership year. If you are purchasing any time after June and would prefer your membership fees to relate to the following year instead, please just let us know.

Subscription Rate Changes

From October 2019 the subscription rates are changing. This is because so many of our necessary expenses are rising sharply, particularly those incurred in posting out our publications (especially overseas).The Society has not increased its subscription rate for individual or corporate members for ten years, and we are committed to keeping subscriptions as low as we can, in particular for our student members. Please see the documents available here for more information about this.

The new rates will be as follows:
Individual Members UK: £ 40.00; Overseas: £45.00
Student Members UK: £ 17.50; Overseas: £ 20.00 (unchanged)
Corporate Members UK:£ 50.00; Overseas: £ 60.00
Life Members (65 and over): £ 400.00
Theatre Notebook UK: £ 30.00; Overseas: £ 40.00

Choose your membership

Individual 2019 - 2020

Full membership of the STR (Oct-Sept); three issues of Theatre Notebook Vol 74 plus The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968.

UK Individual £40 Overseas Individual £45

Corporate 2019 - 2020

Full membership for institutions, e.g. libraries and other societies. You receive two copies of Theatre Notebook (Vol 74) plus The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968.

UK Corporate £50 Overseas Corporate £60


Full membership (Oct-Sept) for those registered as a student. Incl. three issues of Theatre Notebook + annual publication.

UK Student £17.50 Overseas Student £20

Life - UK and Overseas

Full membership for life – no renewal fees, ever.
Life begins at 65!

Life £400

Theatre Notebook only 2019 - 2020

A subscription to Theatre Notebook, three issues per year. Does not include Society membership.

Theatre Notebook UK £30 Theatre Notebook Overseas £40

Subscription Top-ups

Did you renew your membership for 2019-2020 inadvertently at 2018-2019 rates? Regretfully we must remind you that we have had to increase all our subscriptions for 2019 – 2020, except for Student Membership. You can read the full details here. If you have received an email from the Treasurer regarding this, please click on the appropriate top-up amount below.

Subscription 2019-2020 £10 top-up

Subscription 2019-2020 £5 top-up