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Theatre Censorship: From Walpole to Wilson

David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne


Using previously unpublished material from the National Archives, this book offers a new perspective on British cultural history. Statutory theatre censorship was first introduced in Britain by Sir Robert Walpole with his Licensing Act of 1737. Previously, theatre censorship was exercised under the Royal Prerogative. Walpole's action in giving the Lord Chamberlain statutory powers of theatre censorship had the unforeseen consequence that confusion over the relationship between the Royal Prerogative and statute law would prevent any serious challenge to theatre censorship in Parliament until th ... More

Keywords: Lord Chamberlain, playwrights, Royal Prerogative, statute law, Parliament, Home Office, policy of inertia, Prime Minister, covert censorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Thomas, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick
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David Carlton, author
Formerly Lecturer in International Studies, University of Warwick

Anne Etienne, author
Lecturer in Modern Drama, University College, Cork
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