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The Breakthrough That Broke Down?

British Theatre from 1945 to 1968 and the 'British Library Theatre Archive Project'

'Since 2003, the British Library Theatre Archive Project (www.bl.uk/theatrearchive) has been cataloguing the archives of key post-war theatre figures such as Ralph Richardson, Michel St Denis and John Gielgud; collecting scripts that remain to be deposited in the Lord Chamberlain's Papers
at the British Library; and - most crucially - gathering recollections of theatre practitioners and audience members of British theatre between 1945 and 1968.

In this lecture, Professor Dominic Shellard, the Project Leader, explains why this is such an exciting and contested period of theatre history; how the Project's collection of oral history material
(numbering over 1 million words in transcripts) is helping to reconfigure people's views on this period; and what can be expected from the Project's relocation to De Montfort University - which this
lecture will be celebrating.'

Professor Shellard, who holds an MA in English and a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford, began his career in 1993 as a lecturer in English at the University of Salford. He became Head of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield in 2004 and assumed his current role as Pro Vice-Chancellor in 2008. In addition to his duties as a Pro Vice-Chancellor, he continues to research and publish and is an authority on Post-War British Theatre, having written acclaimed biographies of the theatre critics Harold Hobson and Kenneth Tynan, as well as Economic and Social Impact Studies of UK Theatre. Dominic was recently appointed the new Vice Chancellor of De Montfort University.


Professor Dominic Shellard | talks


Date and Time:

19 October 2010 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



De Montfort University
Hugh Aston Building
The Gateway
0116 257 7452

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