The inaugural “Sherries” were held today (22 April 2008) at the Garrick Club with the prize, including a cheque for £2,000, going to Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole for his Will and Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life, which was released in paperback last February following its initial April 2006 hardcover publication. It’s a busy week for Dromgoole - and the bard. The director’s new production of King Lear, which launches the Globe’s 2008 season, starts performances tomorrow, on Shakespeare’s birthday.
Will and Me triumphed on a Sherry shortlist that also comprised Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh, Taking Stock by Max Stafford-Clark and Philip Roberts and The Worst It Can Be Is a Disaster by the Royal Exchange’s Braham Murray. There were honourable mentions for Coral Browne: ‘This Effing Lady’ by Rose Collis and Some Sort of a Life by Miriam Karlin and Jan Sargent.