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Published: 22 March 2018

320 Pages | 60 black and white figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780198807476

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Modern Playhouses

An Architectural History of Britain's New Theatres, 1945 — 1985

Alistair Fair

  • The first detailed study of the major programme of theatre-building in Britain between the 1950s and the 1980s
  • Focuses on the ideas which shaped their conception, design, and reception, rather than the looks of the buildings themselves
  • Sets theatres in their wider social/urban/political contexts
  • Relates existing knowledge of public architecture to the specific context of theatre-building
  • Based on exhaustive study of archives, many never before examined
  • Includes the National Theatre but avoids a primarily London-centric approach