The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 4

Volume Four: The Sixties

Steve Nicholson

The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 4
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Steve Nicholson

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

368 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780859898461 Will Publish August 2015 For sale in North and South America only

This volume is the fourth and final part of Steve Nicholson’s analysis of British theater censorship based on previously undocumented material in the Lord Chamberlain’s Correspondence Archives in the British Library and the Royal Archives at Windsor. The 1960s was a significant decade for the British, both in social and political spheres, especially in theaters. As certainties shifted and social divisions widened, a new generation of theater makers arrived, ready to sweep away yesterday’s conventions and challenge the establishment. Focusing on plays we know, plays we have forgotten, and plays that were silenced forever, this book reveals how a powerful elite exerted pressure over these new voices in an attempt to preserve the veneer of a polite, unquestioning society.

Dan Rebellato, Professor of Contemporary Theatre, Royal Holloway University of London
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.
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