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Modern Playhouses: An Architectural History of Britain's New Theatres, 1945 - 1985

Alistair Fair


Between the 1950s and the 1980s, Britain witnessed a theatre-building boom. Across the country, substantial new theatres were constructed in town and city centres, and on university campuses. The construction of many of these buildings was subsidized with public funds. As a result, many of them represented a range of agendas that went far beyond the practical needs of performers: they addressed such themes as the place of public buildings in Britain’s changing urban landscape, the role of culture and leisure in modern life, and the extent to which support for the arts could be understood as pa ... More

Keywords: theatre, architecture, history, urban, planning, culture, leisure, modernism, universities, drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807476
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alistair Fair, author
Lecturer in Architectural History and Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh