Welcome to the online shop for CPR’s specialist theatre and performance bookshop, Performance Books. 

In the shop you will find CPR’s own publications as well as some specially selected UK and international titles that are not  available via mainstream sites and bookshops, and the current issue and back catalogue of the Performance Research Journal. Shop for books, DVDs, journalsimported titles

This is not an exhaustive list of the stock CPR holds, or is able to source, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you can’t see what you need, would like to make a bulk order or want to discuss any other aspect of buying books or DVDs from CPR.

Members of CPR receive a 10% discount on all purchases in the shop. Start saving immediately – become a member from just £10 per year.

Postage for orders outside the UK: airmail for orders up to 5kg will be calculated automatically. The cost of heavier parcels varies enormously from country to country so if you are placing a large order – 5 books or more – please contact us so that we can ensure you are charged the most competitive rate of postage.


Performance Books is a project of The Centre for Performance Research Ltd, a charity – charity number 701544 – and a company limited by guarantee (registered in England and Wales) -company number 02315790. As CPR is a charity, all profit from the bookshop is used to maintain its existence and further its educational projects.

Purchases can also be made directly with us via email  or by telephone on +44 (0)1970 358021.

In addition to our online shop Performance Books’ offers other services:

– For event organisers – our ‘pop-up’ shops for festivals, conferences and events.

– For academic institutions and arts organisations – our specialist collection curation services.

–  Small and independent publishers – we can help promote and distribute your publications.

Download the following document for further information – Performance Books Services.

Security and Privacy for Users of the Online Shop

CPR is committed to ensuring that the personal details of its customers remain private and secure. Under no circumstances will your personal details be shared with any third parties. When you place an order via the online shop, we need to know your name, e-mail address, phone number and delivery address. This allows us to process and fulfill your orders and to notify you of the status of your order. We will only contact you using these details to deal with any issues regarding your purchase of items from the shop. None of your personal financial details are shared with us when you make online purchases. If you make a purchase by email or over the telephone, we will need to ask you for your credit or debit card details. These are used to process your payment on the website of our card processing provider, Worldpay Zinc, and,once the payment has cleared, are destroyed.

Subscribing to the CPR e-newsletter

If you would like to receive communications from CPR about any of its other projects, we will be very happy to subscribe you to the CPR e-newsletter – please use the subscribe button on any page of the CPR website or email using the email you wish to subscribe and place ‘newsletter’ in the subject line.  Again under no circumstances will your personal details be shared with any third parties.

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