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The Cambridge companion to British theatre since 1945

The Cambridge companion to British theatre since 1945 / edited by Jen Harvie, Dan Rebellato.
9781108377850 (ebook)
9781108421805 (hardback)
9781108432382 (paperback)
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2024.
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British theatre underwent a vast transformation and expansion in the decades after World War II. This Companion explores the historical, political, and social contexts and conditions that not only allowed it to expand but, crucially, shaped it. Resisting a critical tendency to focus on plays alone, the collection expands understanding of British theatre by illuminating contexts such as funding, unionisation, devolution, immigration, and changes to legislation. Divided into four parts, it guides readers through changing attitudes to theatre-making (acting, directing, writing), theatre sectors (West End, subsidised, Fringe), theatre communities (audiences, Black theatre, queer theatre), and theatre's relationship to the state (government, infrastructure, nationhood). Supplemented by a valuable Chronology and Guide to Further Reading, it presents up-to-date approaches informed by critical race theory, queer studies, audience studies, and archival research to demonstrate important new ways of conceptualising post-war British theatre's history, practices and potential futures.
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Cambridge companions to theatre and performance.
Cambridge companions to theatre and performance
Playwrights : collectivity and collaboration / Dan Rebellato
Directors : organisation, authorship, and social production / Tom Cornford
Actors : a history of service / Aoife Monks
West End and commercial theatre : crisis, change, and continuity / Rachel Clements
Subsidised theatre : strength, elitism, metropolitanism, racism / Jen Harvie
The fringe : the rise and fall of radical alternative theatre / Dan Rebellato with Jen Harvie
Audiences : ownership, interaction, agency / Helen Freshwater
Black British theatre : blackouts and spotlights / Vanessa Damilola Macaulay
Queer theatre : reclaiming histories, historicising, and hope / Sarah Jane Mullan
Government, policy and censorship in post-war British theatre / Louise Owen
Buildings and the political economy of theatre financing in Britain / Michael McKinnie
Regions and nations : the myth of levelling up / Trish Reid.

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