- The Theatres Licensing Act was introduced by Lord Chamberlain in 1737 as a result of the social, legal, economic and political conditions of the time, as well as the reactions to literary works that involved these issues.
- - The intent was to maintain control – to silence all political and religious satire and sexual immorality on stage. The act gave Lord Chamberlain the power to approve any play before it was staged.
- - The Licensing Act had profound influence on English literature and has served as a model in many other western societies.
- - The consequences:
- o The public mistrusted plays that passed the censors
- o The theatres had to stage revivals – production of Shakespeare’s plays became much higher
- o Additionally, the act diverted politically interested authors from the stage and into writing novels (e.g. Fielding, Brooke). Some of them never even approached the stage (Smollett, Sterne)
Explain Lawrence’s remarks. “It is strange, the incompatibility of death with life. It is one or the other”.
Q. Explain Lawrence’s remarks. “It is strange, the incompatibility of death with life. It is ...