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Theatre CensorshipFrom Walpole to Wilson$
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David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260287.001.0001

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The Inter‐War Years

The Inter‐War Years

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Theatre Censorship

David Thomas (Contributor Webpage)

David Carlton

Anne Etienne (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter shows how, in the inter-war period, playwrights seemed less concerned as a group with the issue of theatre censorship than was the case with playwrights in the 1900s. The chapter also shows how the practice of censorship in the Lord Chamberlain's office addressed some of the previous censorship concerns expressed by playwrights. It then demonstrates how the proliferation of theatre societies and theatre clubs enabled minority audiences to watch plays that had been either banned or never submitted for a licence. Such performances were viewed by the Lord Chamberlain as a necessary safety valve. Finally, the chapter illustrates further contradictions in censorship practice by showing how some local authorities were prepared to ban plays that had been formally licensed by the Lord Chamberlain.

Keywords:   Lord Chamberlain, playwrights, theatre societies, theatre clubs, local authorities

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