The prize, which is awarded for the best biography, autobiography or diary in theatre or show business published in the preceding calendar year, was awarded in a ceremony today at The Garrick Club.
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This year's jury, chaired by Ruth Leon, comprised Georgina Brown, theatre critic for the Mail on Sunday, playwright and screenwriter Martin Sherman, and actor, writer and director Simon Callow - the recipient of last year’s prize for My Life in Pieces.
Sondheim, whose book is a follow-up to 2010's Finishing the Hat, receives a £2000 cash prize. He said: “I am genuinely surprised and thrilled. Recognition, liquor and cash - what more could any writer want?”