British Theatre and the Red Peril: The Portrayal of Communism 1917-1945

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Januar 2000



British Theatre and the Red Peril examines how communism was portrayed in plays in the British theatre between 1917 and 1945, and how at a time when the capitalist system seemed on the verge of collapse, the theatre played a significant part in communicating and manipulating political propaganda in order to influence audiences.


List of Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgements Brief Chronology
1. Not a Political Arena?
2. The Revolution will not be Dramatised
3. No More than a Bad Smell from the North East
4. Wakening the Devil
5. When England goes Communist
6. The Land of the Free Afterword Notes Appendix: Biographies and Production Details Select Bibliography Index


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 UEP's four-volume series Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968.


"This book appears to be that extreme rarity, a genuinely original contribution to our knowledge and understanding of twentieth-century British theatre. I don't know of anybody else besides Steve Nicholson who has delved so deeply or so keenly into the archives of the Lord Chamberlain to uncover a shoal of apparently subversive, politically-motivated playscripts, as well as the extraordinary and devious machinations of the censor and his friends in high places to block and suppress them. The result is a book which is at once refreshingly original and depressingly predictable . . . British Theatre and the Red Peril emerges as a truly significant and courageous work." -New Theatre Quarterly, 2002
EAN: 9780859896375
ISBN: 0859896374
Untertitel: 'Exeter Performance Studies (Ha'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2000
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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