Introduction: A Snowy Night in December

  • Anthony P. PenninoEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)


Pennino introduces the argument and theoretical framework for the rest of his study: that the British institutional playhouses of the 1980s and early 1990s offered an oppositional historical perspective to the heritage culture narrative promulgated by the Thatcher and Major Governments. The chapter contends that the history presented on stage depicted a larger and more diverse community that included traditionally marginalized voices than did heritage culture projects. It establishes a definition of history as a conversation between past and present and outlines the criteria for the plays/productions—those that directly engage with the events or literature of the British past—under investigation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA

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