The Sheridan Morley Prize — presented in the name of the late British theatre critic, who was a long-time London correspondent for Playbill and who was himself noted for his extensive biographical writing, which included books on Sir John Gielgud and Noel Coward — is awarded annually for the best biography, autobiography or diary of a theatrical or show‐business subject published in the English language.
The members of this year's Jury were director Sir Richard Eyre; actress Siân Phillips CBE; and editor of the Evening Standard, Geordie Greig, and it was chaired by critic, broadcaster and biographer Ruth Leon, Morley's widow, who is also a contributor to Playbill.
According to press materials, "The judges felt Simon Callow combined zest, originality and passion and has elegantly turned his views and his life in the theatre into an astonishing memoir." A prize of £2,000 was awarded to Callow in a ceremony at London's Garrick Club.
Also shortlisted for the award were Mike Bradwell's "The Reluctant Escapologist," Stephen Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat," Michael Codron and Alan Strachan's "Putting It On" and Christopher Stevens' "Born Brilliant – The Life of Kenneth Williams."