The actor won for his 2018 book, Year of the Mad King, which covers his time preparing for and performing King Lear at the RSC.

We are thrilled to announce that Antony Sher has won this year's Theatre Book Prize for Year of the Mad King, his book chronicling his time playing Lear at the RSC.

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The book was chosen from a shortlist of six 2018 books about theatre by the Society for Theatre Research. The annual prize was established in 1998 to encourage writing on British theatre history and practice, with Antony announced as winner at the Prince of Wales Theatre this morning (11 June).

You can buy the book, as well as a DVD of our 2016 production of King Lear, from our shop.

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