Faber & Faber 12.99 (435pp) (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
State of the Nation: British Theatre Since 1945, By Michael Billington
Friday 06 November 2009
This book could have run the risk of reading like a bland documentation of postwar stage productions, but Billington, theatre critic for the Guardian, gives the endeavour some Wellie with rigorous analysis of plays, politics and trends.
From J B Priestley's An Inspector Calls (1946) to Caryl Churchill's 10-minute play on Gaza last year, it reads not just as stage history but a social history of modern-day Britain.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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