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The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 4
The Sixties

By Steve Nicholson

The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 4
Hardback, 368 pages £65.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780859898461
Format: 234mm x 156mm
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PDF, 368 pages £52.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780859899611
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EPUB, 368 pages £52.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780859899888
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Subjects: Performance

The 1960s was a significant decade in social and political spheres in Britain, especially in the theatre.  As certainties shifted and social divisions widened, a new generation of theatre makers arrived, ready to sweep away yesterday’s conventions and challenge the establishment.

Focusing on plays we know, plays we have forgotten, and plays which were silenced forever, this book demonstrates the extent to which censorship shaped the theatre voices of the decade.

The concluding part of Steve Nicholson’s four-volume analysis of British theatre censorship from 1900 until 1968, previously undocumented material from the Lord Chamberlain’s Correspondence Archives in the British Library and the Royal archives at Windsor are examined to describe the political and cultural implications of a powerful elite exerting pressure in an attempt to preserve the veneer of a polite, unquestioning society.


Timeline: The Political and Cultural Calender

Introduction: Galahad and Mordred

1. The Inflamed Appendix (1960-1961)

2. No Laughing Matter (1961-1962)

3. Pleasuring the Lord Chamberlain (1963)

4. Some S. I will not Eat (1964)

5. Blows for Freedom (1965)

6. Going Wild (1965-1966)

7. Getting Tough (1966)

8. An Affront to Constitutional Principles (1967)

9. Let the Sunshine In (1968)

10. Afterwords (1968-1971)


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'It’s a brilliant manuscript, forensic and fascinating, rich with detail and countless examples of the hilarious and bewildering attitudes of the later censorship, but with also Nicholson’s characteristic fair-mindedness which treats the Lord Chamberlain and his comptrollers with respect for the difficult job they had to do and the nuanced way in which they did it. It’s a great conclusion to a vital series.' (Dan Rebellato, Professor of Contemporary Theatre, Royal Holloway University of London)

‘The Third volume of Steve Nicholson’s The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 (Exeter University Press) was the book I most eagerly awaited in 2011 … based like its predecessors on heroic research in the archives of the Lord Chamberlain’s Department.’
‘Nicholson is a scholar who writes with lucidity, wit, humane intelligence and grace of mind. There is no jargon in his pages, but much glorious hilarity. Nicholson’s series ought to be mandatory reading for historians and biographers interesting in twentieth-century England.’
‘The quotations in this book are a gold mine for other writers.’ (Times Literary Supplement, 5670, December 2011)

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.

The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 4
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Publication Details:

 Hardback , 368 pages
 234mm x 156mm

 PDF , 368 pages

 EPUB , 368 pages

BIC Code:
  HIS015000, HIS018000, HIS054000, PER011000, PER014000
 University of Exeter Press


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