The Royal Court Theatre is one of the primary forums in the development of postwar drama. Under the title of the English Stage Company the theater produced some of the most influential plays in modern history, including the works of Brenton, Churchill, Bond and Osborne. In this account of the theater, from 1956 to 1998, Philip Roberts draws on unpublished archives and a series of interviews with people prominent in the Court's life. The book also includes a Foreword by the former Director of the Royal Court, Max Stafford-Clark.
Table of Contents
Foreword Max Stafford-Clark; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Biographical notes; Preface; Introduction: abortive schemes, 1951-4; 1. Coincidences, 1954-6; 2. The struggle for control, 1956-60; 3. Conflict and competition, 1960-5; 4. A socialist theatre, 1965-9; 5. A humanist theatre, 1969-75; 6. Changing places, 1975-9; 7. Theatre in a cold climate, 1980-6; 8. Holding on, 1987-93; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index.