John Lahr Wins London's Eighth Annual Sheridan Morley Prize for Tennessee Williams Biography

News   John Lahr Wins London's Eighth Annual Sheridan Morley Prize for Tennessee Williams Biography John Lahr, who was chief theatre critic of the New Yorker for some twenty years and is a noted theatrical biographer, has been awarded the 8th annual Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography in a ceremony at London's Garrick Theatre, held March 19.


He won the prize for his book "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh." In a press statement, Lahr commented, "You don't write books for prizes, but it’s amazing how thrilling it is to win the acknowledgement because the whole enterprise is so solitary, and there are so many good writers – it's a huge honour."



Also on the shortlist this year were "Our Time of Day: My Life with Corin Redgrave" by Kika Markham, "What do I Know?: People, Politics and the Arts" by Richard Eyre, "Covering Shakespeare" by David Weston and "I Know Nothing: The Autobiography"
 by Andrew Sachs.


 The prize, established in 2008, is awarded for the best biography, autobiography or diary in theatre or show business published in the preceding calendar year. Led by Playbill magazine's London critic Ruth Leon, the panel for this year's prize comprised Kate Bassett, journalist and theatre critic for The Times, stage and screen actress Gemma Jones, and actor and writer Michael Simkins, whose book "The Rules Of Acting" was shortlisted for 2014's Sheridan Morley Prize.

The winner receives a £2000 cash prize.



For further details, visit http://thesheridanmorleyprize.org/

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