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

Bringing Down the House

The Crisis in Britain's Regional Theatres


Published: 1st November 2008
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This book covers a relevant, up-to-date subject, with the current climate in Britain's regional theatres. It draws upon material from over 25 face-to-face interviews, as well as traditional archival research. It presents a grassroots and empirical look at the crisis in practice through individual theatre profiles.A crisis between 1979 and 1997 saw over a quarter of Britain's regional theatres closed down. Those that survived found themselves constantly on the brink, forced to radically reduce their programmes and go dark for extended periods of time. Turnball's investigation into the crisis reveals problems extending beyond the government's scant regard for the arts, right back to World War II. "Bringing Down the House" delves into how and why the crisis occurred, and examines its long-lasting effects on the British theatre industry. By probing into the history of regional theatres from the introduction of state funding after the war, Turnball unearths a catalogue of re-occurring problems that ensured the fabric of British theatre was historically fragile. Turnball seeks to address why theatres were so ill equipped to deal with Thatcherism and asks what, if anything, was done under Blair to address the situation.An important and timely read for theatre and cultural history scholars alike, "Bringing Down the House" interrogates the history and politics of regional theatre.

"Olivia Turnbull's book demonstrates admirable scholarly detachment and rigour on every page [ - ] Turnbull's genius lies in her ability to track the underlying shifts in culture and taste that structure the apparent objectivity of these facts and figures. The resulting book is a cultural barometer that shows most vividly how attitudes to the arts change in accordance with cycles of financial boom and bust." - THE

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
The Build-upp. 15
The Unsteady Foundations and the Post-war Cultural Unsettlementp. 17
Plural Funding, Multiple Problemsp. 47
The Crisisp. 67
Thatcher Gets Down to Businessp. 69
Major Dramasp. 87
Casualties and Survivorsp. 111
Salisbury Playhousep. 113
Thorndike Theatre, Leatherheadp. 129
Redgrave Theatre, Farnhamp. 145
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildfordp. 157
Merseyside Everyman Theatre and Liverpool Playhousep. 167
Harrogate Theatrep. 187
The Legacyp. 197
Tony's Council: artful or armless?p. 199
Referencesp. 221
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9781841502083
ISBN-10: 1841502081
Series: Intellect Books - Changing Media, Changing Europe Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 1st November 2008
Publisher: Intellect Books
Country of Publication: GB