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Theatre Censorship: Then and Now

Censorship Series - Panel Discussion

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Thursday 17 May, 7.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Tickets£15 (£12 Members / Students) Running time1 hour 30 minutes
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‘I must make up my mind which is right – society or I.’
A Doll’s House, Act III (Ibsen)


An evening of performance and debate exploring the history of censorship and what it means today.


For over two centuries the rigorous rulings of the Lord Chamberlain saw plays such as Ibsen’s Ghosts banned from the UK stage. After 230 years of censorship the Theatres Act of 1968 supposedly ushered in a new era. In this event, artists and historians discuss pivotal moments in the history of theatre censorship from a personal perspective and ask how we got to where we are today.

There will also be the opportunity to put your questions to the panel on the night #JoinTheDebate


Bec Martin Williams
Theatre director/maker – Participation Manager at Arcola Theatre. Founder of Arcola Women’s Company, focusing on creating work around the roles and intersections of women in arts and culture

Professor John Jowett  
Deputy Director of the Shakespeare Institute – General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare 

Professor Stephen Nicholson
University of Sheffield – Published a four volume history of theatre censorship in twentieth century Britain  

Kandy Rohmann
Actress, singer and voice artist Performer in Exhibit B, an exhibition by the Barbican shut down in 2014 due to public protest

Chair: Patrick Spottiswoode
Director, Globe Education  Shakespeare’s Globe

Further panellists to be confirmed.


The panellists will also be joined by two Globe actors who will illustrate various sections from Lord Chamberlain reports, as well as ripostes from directors and playwrights. The actors taking part include:

Dickon Tyrell & Julia Sandiford