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British Theatre and the Red Peril
     

British Theatre and the Red Peril

by Steve Nicholson
 

ISBN-10: 0859896366

ISBN-13: 9780859896368

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

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. It reveals explicit right-wing

Overview

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. It reveals explicit right-wing propaganda produced within mainstream British theatre and questions the assumption that political theatre is almost always left-wing.
 
The book draws on published and unpublished scripts and archive documents to demonstrate how the theatre became a key site for propaganda and ideological warfare. It discusses the methods by which the Lord Chamberlain, the government and even royalty exerted control over the political views voiced on stage in an age when contemporary commentators described the theatre as second only to the press in terms of its significance as a medium of communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859896368
Publisher:
University of Exeter Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
University of Exeter Press - Exeter Performance Studies Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 6.80(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Not a political arena?
The revolution will not be dramatized 
No more than a bad smell from the north east 
Wakening the devil
When England goes communist 
The land of the free
Appendix: biographies and production details.

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