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David Hare and Michael Pennington shortlisted for Sheridan Morley book prize

David Hare. Photo: Johan Persson David Hare. Photo: Johan Persson
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David Hare’s The Blue Touch Paper and Michael Pennington’s Let Me Play the Lion/How to Be an Actor are among the books shortlisted for the 2015 Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography.

They join Peter Whitebrook’s John Osborne ‘Anger is not about…’, James Shapiro’s 1606 William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, and Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan’s A Night in the Emperor’s Garden on the shortlist.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on March 2 at the Garrick Club in London.

Now in its ninth year, the award is presented to the best theatrical biography, autobiography or diary published in the previous calendar year.

This year’s judging panel includes critic John Lahr, who won the award last year, actor Kika Markham, and Benedict Nightingale, former theatre critic at The Times.

The winner receives £2,000.

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