The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968

    The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968

    Volume Three: The Fifties

    Steve Nicholson

    Exeter University Press 2011

    Hardback 279pp

    9780859897501   Product Code: 99854

    Until 1968, all plays performed on the British stage required approval by the Lord Chamberlain, who could ban them or demand changes if he considered it 'fitting for the preservation of good manners, decorum or of the public peace'. The third volume of this magisterial survey focuses on that crucial decade, the 1950s, when writers such as John Osborne pushed the boundaries of accepted taste and a private theatre club staged Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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