Jonathan Miller and Samuel Foote biographies shortlisted for Theatre Book Prize

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A biography of director and actor Jonathan Miller by theatre critic Kate Bassett and another of playwright Samuel Foote by actor Ian Kelly have made the shortlist of this year’s Theatre Book Prize.

Bassett’s In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller will compete with Kelly’s Mr Foote's Other Leg to win the prize, which is given out by the Society for Theatre Research annually.

Also on the shortlist for books published in 2012 are My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall by former prime minister John Major, The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama, edited by Thomas Betteridge and Greg Walker, and Lena Ashwell: Actress, patriot, pioneer by Margaret Leask.

This year’s judging panel includes actor Penelope Keith, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama principal Gavin Henderson and theatre critic Henry Hitchings.

The winner will be announced on May 2 at the London Palladium.