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Contemporary Performance InterActions

Stage Business and the Neoliberal Theatre of London

Authors: Ferrone, Alex

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  • Takes a methodological approach to the study of contemporary drama by combining rigorous textual analysis with materialist examinations of production and performance
  • Delivers comprehensive, detailed studies of significant plays
  • Offers a frank and balanced approach to theatre criticism that both celebrates the theatre’s potential to effect social change while simultaneously acknowledging its political limitations
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This book examines contemporary English drama and its relation to the neoliberal consensus that has dominated British policy since 1979. The London stage has emerged as a key site in Britain’s reckoning with neoliberalism. On one hand, many playwrights have denounced the acquisitive values of unfettered global capitalism; on the other, plays have more readily revealed themselves as products of the very market economy they critique, their production histories and formal innovations uncomfortably reproducing the strategies and practices of neoliberal labour markets. Stage Business and the Neoliberal Theatre of London thus arrives at a usefully ambivalent political position, one that praises the political power of the theatre – its potential as a form of resistance to the neoliberal rationality that rides roughshod over democratic values – while simultaneously attending to the institutional bondage that constrains it. For, of course, the theatre itself everywhere straddles the line of capitulating to the marketization of our cultural life.


About the authors

Alex Ferrone is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Theater Studies at Duke University, USA, where his teaching includes contemporary drama, theatre history, and performance studies.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook 74,89 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stage Business and the Neoliberal Theatre of London
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Performance InterActions
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63598-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63598-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-63597-8
Series ISSN
2634-5870
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 264
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