LIT214 : British Theatre From 1945 to 1968

Convenor(s): Dr Steve Nicholson


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This seminar-based module examines key texts, genres and practices in British Theatre between 1945 and 1968, explored in relation to their historical, cultural and political contexts. It also consider such issues as the censorship of theatre by the Lord Chamberlain and the critical reception of the work examined, and will recognise the impact of writers and practitioners from elsewhere in Europe. Set texts may include some of the following:  An Inspector Calls, Uranium 235, The Bald Primadonna, Waiting for Godot, The Entertainer, The Birthday Party, Roots, Oh What a Lovely War, Saved, US and Loot. Where possible, there will be opportunities to view or listen to recordings of relevant material.

No practical experience of drama or performance skills are required. However, we may sometimes explore texts practically, and you should be willing to engage with this. It may be possible to include a performance component within the assessed presentation.


Teaching will be largely seminar-based, and will normally include presentations by both the tutor and by students. It may also include some tutor-led practical work on specific texts. Recordings of relvant material will be made available where possible. 


A written essay(50%) and Group presentation (50%).

The presentation will be focused on a specific play, and may (but need not) include a short performance of an extract or extracts from the seleced text.

The essay will normally require you to focus on at leasted two playtexts, examined in relation to specific and relevant contexts.

Contact Details

Dr Steve Nicholson

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:32 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK