On trial: Eighteenth Century Drama

May 25, 2016 – 11:57 am
ACU Library

Logo of the Eighteen Century Drama website

We have Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage on trial until 30 June 2016.

You can search Eighteenth Century Drama to find almost every play submitted for a licence in England between 1737 and 1824.  This also includes hundreds of documents that provide a social context for the plays, such as papers of prominent theatrical figures of the time; correspondence; financial document; and portraits.

The unique collection of 18th-century primary sources cover the following themes:

  • Censorship and politics
  • Satire, political endorsement, and social commentary
  • Celebrity culture and fashion
  • The rise and development of the opera in British theatre
  • The business and legalities of theatres
  • Women in drama and society
  • Key figures in theatre
  • Relationships between theatre managers, producers and government
  • Staging, technology, and performance
  • Representations of conflict, war, race, religion, and historical events in drama
  • Representations of domestic, familial, and pastoral scenes in drama

Please have a look and let us know what you think!

Head to our website and you can also see what other trials are underway.


Header image adapted from:

Adam Matthew Digital. (2016). Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage [Screenshot of Header-Logo]. Retrieved from http://www.eighteenthcenturydrama.amdigital.co.uk/

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