In Pursuit of a New Theatre: The Case of the Malvern Festival

Ananisarab, Soudabeh (2021) In Pursuit of a New Theatre: The Case of the Malvern Festival. Studies in Theatre and Performance. ISSN 1468-2761

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This article considers the impact of the not-for-profit motive promoted by radical campaigners of the New Theatre movement on accounts of British theatre history. Using the Malvern Festival (1929–1949) as a case study of similar ventures associated with the New Theatre movement, this article explores the ways in which influential figures involved with these projects have distorted narratives of theatre through their emphasis on the not-for-profit/commercial binary opposition. The correspondence between key collaborators in the Festival – Bernard Shaw, Sir Barry Jackson and the lessee of the Malvern Theatre, Roy Limbert – discussed in this article reveals the flaws in such narratives, contradicting previous accounts of the Festival. These letters reveal that Shaw and Jackson failed to adhere to their own condemnations of profitmaking as they struggled to reconcile this outlook with the reality of the Malvern Festival and more broadly the material conditions of theatre.

Item Type: Article
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21 November 2021Accepted
22 November 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: George Bernard Shaw, twentieth century, new theatre, Malvern Festival, Barry Jackson
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-06 - tourism, transport and travel
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-01 - English studies (non-specific)
CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-01 - history and archaeology > CAH20-01-01 - history
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-03 - drama
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of English
Depositing User: Soudabeh Ananisarab
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2021 12:02
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 03:00

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