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The Contemporary British History Play (Susan Blattès)

The British theatre has a long tradition of history plays, dating back to the late sixteenth century (Shakespeare’s history plays, for example). Despite changing attitudes to history and growing doubts as to its reliability, the history play, as a genre, remains very popular on the British stage. The course looks at different ways in which contemporary playwrights use history in their works to propose alternative views of the past and also to draw interesting parallels with the present. In some cases the history play has an explicitly political dimension. The three plays will be looked at in order of their appearance on the stage from 1976 to 1992. Each student will give a short oral presentation in class of a subject or a passage from one of the three plays.



Bennett, Alan. The Madness of George III Alan. London: Faber, 1992.

Edgar, David. Destiny. London:  Methuen, 1976.

Keatley, Charlotte. My Mother Said I Never Should. London: Methuen, 1988.


Bull, John. New British Political Dramatists. London: Macmillan, 1984.

Craig, Sandy (ed.). Dreams and Deconstructions: Alternative Theatre in Britain. London:  Amber Lane, 1980.

Elsom, John. Post-War British Theatre. London: Routledge, 1979.

Holderness, Graham (ed.). The Politics of Theatre and Drama, Macmillan, 1992.

Itzin, Catherine. Stages in the Revolution: Political Theatre in Britain since 1968. London: Eyre Methuen, 1980.

Kershaw, Baz. The Politics of Performance: Radical Theatre as Cultural Intervention. London: Routledge, 1992.

McGrath, John. A Good Night Out- Popular Theatre: Audience, Class and Form. London: Methuen, 1985.

Palmer, Richard H. The Contemporary British History Play. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Peacock, D. Keith. Radical Stages: Alternative History in Modern BritishDrama. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Informations complémentaires

Lieu(x) : Grenoble - Domaine universitaire
Langue(s) : Anglais