By Dan Rebellato
It really is stated that British Drama was once shockingly lifted out of the doldrums by means of the 'revolutionary' visual appeal of John Osborne's glance again in Anger on the Royal court docket in may possibly 1956. yet had the theatre been as ephemeral and effeminate because the offended younger males claimed? used to be the period of Terence Rattigan and 'Binkie' Beaumont as repressed and closeted because it turns out? during this daring and interesting problem to the got knowledge of the final 40 years of theatrical historical past, Dan Rebellato uncovers a distinct tale altogether. it's one the place Britain's declining Empire and extending panic over the 'problem' of homosexuality performed a vital position within the building of an everlasting fantasy of the theatre. by means of going again to basic resources and conscientiously wondering all assumptions, Rebellato has rewritten the historical past of the Making of contemporary British Drama.
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