Bringing Down the House: The Crisis in Britain's Regional Theatres
Between 1979 and 1997, a quarter of Britain’s 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 government’s 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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Plural Funding Multiple Problems
Thatcher Gets Down to Business
Casualties and Survivors
Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead
Redgrave Theatre Farnham
ACGB actors administration amongst annual artistic director artistic policy arts funding audience authorities Borough Council box office Britain budget CEMA CEMA’s cent City Council closure commercial concern Conservative continued costs Council’s country’s County Council crisis culture cuts decade decision deficit Despite devolution drama emphasis Everyman Farnham funding body funding body’s government’s Guildford income increased increasingly inflation Kenwright Keynes Labour Leatherhead levels Liverpool City Council Liverpool Playhouse London lottery major meant Merseyside million Mole Valley national funding body Nottingham Playhouse offered operating Paige parity funding particularly Playhouse’s plays potential problems producing houses producing theatres productions programme Redgrave Theatre Redgrave’s regional arts associations regional arts boards regional theatres repertory theatre responsibility Salisbury Playhouse Sinclair situation social South East Arts sponsorship subsidy substantial Surrey Advertiser Thatcher theatre’s Thorndike Theatre Thorndike’s ticket prices traditional waverley Borough Council west End Yvonne Arnaud Theatre