The Multiplicity of British Theatre

  • Theodore Shank


In this book ‘contemporary theatre’ refers to the work of those artists in Britain who are creating unique forms of theatre to express what it is like to be alive today. Primary attention is given to those artists who, rather than beginning with conventions of the past, are exploring means uniquely expressive of the tensions and pressure of our time even though some works may be in response to older plays or literature or history. Sometimes text and character are primary; at other times visual images, movement, sound/music, even the form itself may dominate. There are unlimited possibilities as artists search for the means to express the variety of experience which comes from living in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-national country. The result is a complex and dynamic British theatre.


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© Theodore Shank 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Shank
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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