Bringing Down the House: The Crisis in Britain's Regional Theatres

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Intellect Books, 2008 - Drama - 237 pages
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Between 1979 and 1997, a quarter of Britainís regional theaters closed their doors forever. Those that survived found themselves constantly on the brink, forced to radically reduce their programs and shut down for extended periods. Bringing Down the House examines how and why this crisis occurred, from the British governmentís scant regard for the arts after World War II to the onset of Thatcherism and its long-lasting effects on the theater industry. This timely read for theater and cultural history scholars unearths a catalog of recurring problems that ensured the fragility of the British regional stage. †
  

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Contents

The Unsteady Foundation and the PostWar Cultural Unsettlement
17
Plural Funding Multiple Problems
47
The Crisis
67
Thatcher Gets Down to Business
69
Major Dramas
87
Casualties and Survivors
111
Salisbury Playhouse
113
Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead
129
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford
157
Merseyside Everyman Theatre and Liverpool Playhouse
167
Harrogate Theatre
187
The Legacy
197
Tonys Council artful or armless
199
References
221
Index
229
Copyright

Redgrave Theatre Farnham
145

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About the author (2008)

Olivia Turnbull is acting subject leader of drama studies at Bath Spa University. † †

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