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1956 and All That

The Making of Modern British Drama

1956 and All That by Dan Rebellato
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It is said that British Drama was shockingly lifted out of the doldrums by the 'revolutionary' appearance of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court in May 1956. But had the theatre been as ephemeral and effeminate as the Angry Young Men claimed? Was the era of Terence Rattigan and 'Binkie' Beaumont as repressed and closeted as it seems?
In this bold and fascinating challenge to the received wisdom of the last forty years of theatrical history, Dan Rebellato uncovers a different story altogether. It is one where Britain's declining Empire and increasing panic over the 'problem' of homosexuality played a crucial role in the construction of an enduring myth of the theatre. By going back to primary sources and rigorously questioning all assumptions, Rebellato has rewritten the history of the Making of Modern British Drama.
Taylor and Francis; March 2002
276 pages; ISBN 9781134657827
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Title: 1956 and All That
Author: Dan Rebellato
 
ISBNs
0203009991
9780203009994
9780415189385
9781134657827
9781134657834