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Theatre censorship : from Walpole to Wilson

Author: David Thomas; David Carlton; Anne Etienne
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Using previously unpublished material from the National Archives, David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne provide a new perspective on British cultural history. Statutory censorship was first introduced in Britain by Sir Robert Walpole with his Licensing Act of 1737. Previously theatre censorship was exercised under the Royal Prerogative. By giving the Lord Chamberlain statutory powers of theatre censorship,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomas; David Carlton; Anne Etienne
ISBN: 9780199260287 0199260281
OCLC Number: 154707946
Description: xvi, 280 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Theatre censorship under the royal prerogative --
Statutory theatre censorship, 1737-1892 --
The 1909 challenge to statutory theatre censorship --
The inter-war years --
The 1949 bid to end statutory theatre censorship --
Further attemps to end statutory theatre censorship --
The 1960s and the 1968 theatres act --
The aftermath: British theatre following the abolition of statutory censorship.
Responsibility: David Thomas, David Carlton, Anne Etienne.
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Using previously unpublished material from the National Archives, this book provides a thoroughgoing account of the introduction and abolition of theatre censorship in England, from Sir Robert  Read more...

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