By David Thomas, David Carlton, Anne Etienne
Utilizing formerly unpublished fabric from the nationwide records, David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne supply a brand new standpoint on British cultural historical past. Statutory censorship was once first brought in Britain via Sir Robert Walpole along with his Licensing Act of 1737. formerly theatre censorship used to be exercised lower than the Royal Prerogative. via giving the Lord Chamberlain statutory powers of theatre censorship, Walpole ensured that confusion over the connection among the Royal Prerogative and statute legislation might hinder any severe problem to theatre censorship in Parliament till the 20 th century. The authors position theatre censorship laws and its tried reform of their wider political context. Sections outlining the political heritage of key sessions clarify why theatre censorship laws used to be brought in 1737, why makes an attempt to reform the laws failed in 1832, 1909, and 1949, and at last succeeded in 1968. competition from Edward VII helped to avoid the abolition of theatre censorship in 1909. In 1968, theatre censorship used to be abolished regardless of competition from Elizabeth II, Lord Cobbold (her Lord Chamberlain) and Harold Wilson (her top Minister). there has been robust aid for theatre censorship at the a part of advertisement theatre managers who observed censorship as supplying safeguard from vexatious prosecution. A coverage of inertia and planned obfuscation at the a part of domestic workplace officers helped to avoid the abolition of theatre censorship laws until eventually 1968. It was once merely whilst playwrights, administrators, critics, audiences, and politicians (notably Roy Jenkins) utilized mixed strain that theatre censorship used to be ultimately abolished. the quantity concludes through exploring even if new sorts of covert censorship have changed the statutory theatre censorship abolished with the 1968 Theatres Act.