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The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 2
Volume Two 1933-1952

By Steve Nicholson

The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 2
Hardback, 440 pages £75.00
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780859896979
Format: 234mm x 156mm
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PDF, 440 pages £75.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780859899048
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Subjects: Performance
Series: Exeter Performance Studies

This is the second part of Steve Nicholson’s four-volume analysis of British theatre censorship from 1900 until 1968, based on previously undocumented material in the Lord Chamberlain’s Correspondence Archives in the British Library and the Royal Archives at Windsor. It covers the period from 1933 to 1952, and focuses on theatre censorship during the period before the outbreak of the second world war, during the war itself, and in the immediate post-war period.

The focus will be primarily on political and moral censorship. The book documents and analyses the control exercised by the Lord Chamberlain. It also reviews the pressures exerted on him and on the theatre by the government, the monarch, the church, foreign embassies and by influential public figures and organisations.


Introduction: 'The Most Dispensable of All the Fetters'

Section One: 1933-1939

1  'Verboten': The Nazis Onstage

2  'Prudes on the Prowl': The Moral Gaze

3  'The Author Will Probably Deny It...': Naming the Homosexual

4  'These Communist Effusions': Testing Tolerance in Politics and Religion

Section Two: 1939-1945

5  'Everybody Bombs Babies Now': Politics in Wartime

6  'Lubricating the War Machine': The Nude in Wartime

7  'Beastly Practices': Sexual Taboos in Wartime

Section Three: 1945-1952

8  'Two Ways To Get Rid Of The Censor'

9  'This Infernal Business of Sex'

10  'But Perverts Must Go Somewhere in the Evening'

11  'The Crazy but Satisfactory Ethics of the English'

Afterword: 'Congenial Work'

Notes on Archive Referencing and Authors' Names


Select Bibliography


‘Nicholson writes with wit and insight, and his work is always engaging. He has the happy knack of being able to offer analysis of extremely serious and complex issues in an entirely accessible way and illuminates his scholarship with immensely attractive and informative anecdotes and illustrations of one kind and another.’
(Martin Banham, Emeritus Professor of Drama & Theatre Studies, University of Leeds)

Steve Nicholson is Professor of 20th-Century and Contemporary Theatre, and Director of Drama, in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. He is the series editor for Exeter Performance Studies and the author of British Theatre and the Red Peril: The Portrayal of Communism, 1917-1945, also published by UEP.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 440 pages
 234mm x 156mm

 PDF , 440 pages

BIC Code:
  PER011000, POL039000
 University of Exeter Press


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