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Michael Keith Billington OBE (born 16 November 1939) is a British author and arts critic.

Michael Keith Billington OBE (born 16 November 1939) is a British author and arts critic. Drama critic of The Guardian since October 1971, he is "Britain's longest-serving theatre critic" and the author of biographical and critical studies relating to British theatre and the arts  . Billington has spoken about the book at.

Michael Billington has been theatre critic of the Guardian since 1971 and of Country Life since 1986. STATE OF THE NATION can best be approached as an epic text, chronicling the development of British theater since the end of the Second World War.

Book of the week: Michael Billington's political engagement and passion for the theatre is wonderfully evident in State of. .

Book of the week: Michael Billington's political engagement and passion for the theatre is wonderfully evident in State of the Nation, says Simon Callow. He sets out, at a terrific canter, to summarise the nation's social and political history since the second world war, and to show, epoch by epoch, how playwrights have responded to events and developments. He tells us at the beginning of the book ("to some, this may be a provocative stance") that his focus will be on the writers: "the dramatist," he says, "is the key creative figure in theatre. and it is predominantly. through the work of dramatists that one is able to trace the fluctuations of postwar British society.

State of the Nation is a history of postwar British drama, correlating theatre . In this book, he finds threads between playwrights of different eras.

State of the Nation is a history of postwar British drama, correlating theatre with our political, economic and social life. It is driven by a conviction that theatre does more than mirror "the form and pressure of the times" – it anticipates and shapes our lives. He makes a telling case for Priestley as a precursor of Osborne, as an angry young man, a formal experimenter and an advocate of a publicly-funded national theatre.

State of the Nation book. As Britain's longest-serving theatre critic Michael Billington is uniquely placed to offer an authoritative overview of modern British theatre, and the book offers a passionate defence of the dramatist as the medium's key creative figure. Controversial, witty and informed, State of the Nation offers a fresh and challenging look at the vast upheavals that have taken place in British society, and the theatre which documents and challenges it, in the course of sixty turbulent years.

As Britain's longest-serving theatre critic Michael Billington is uniquely placed to offer an authoritative overview of modern British theatre, and the book offers a passionate defence of the dramatist as the medium's key creative figure.

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Город: LondonПодписчиков: 25 ты. себе: I'm the Guardian's theatre critic, biogr. себе: I'm the Guardian's theatre critic, biographer of Harold Pinter and author most recently of State of the Nation: British Theatre Since 1945

State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 looks at post-war Britain from a theatrical perspective.

State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 looks at post-war Britain from a theatrical perspective. It examines the constant interplay between theatre and society from the resurgent optimism of the Attlee years to the satire boom of the Sixties and the growth of political theatre under Tony Blair in the post-Iraq period.

Michael Billington}} Michael Keith Billington OBE (born 16 November 1939) is a British author and arts critic

Michael Billington}} Michael Keith Billington OBE (born 16 November 1939) is a British author and arts critic.

State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 looks at post-war Britain from a theatrical perspective. It examines the constant interplay between theatre and society from the resurgent optimism of the Attlee years to the satire boom of the Sixties and the growth of political theatre under Tony Blair in the post-Iraq period. Featuring detailed evaluations of writers from J. B. Priestly and Terence Rattigan to Alan Bennett and David Hare, Billington is continuously insightful and incisive.

As Britain's longest-serving theatre critic Michael Billington is uniquely placed to offer an authoritative overview of modern British theatre, and the book offers a passionate defence of the dramatist as the medium's key creative figure. Controversial, witty and informed, State of the Nation offers a fresh and challenging look at the vast upheavals that have taken place in British society, and the theatre which documents and challenges it, in the course of sixty turbulent years.

'[Billington] views his subject as a "vehicle of moral enquiry" and brings to bear wide experience, astute opinion and diligent research to write what for many might become the definitive book on theatre in the period between the departures of Churchill and Blair . . . This book should be a must for Christmas stocking of anyone interested in theatre in this country. It will give readers hours of pleasure and in many cases, the odd splutter of indignation as a forthright opinion does not fit in with their own. That is the mark of a good critic and Michael Billington is one of the very best.' British Theatre Guide


Comments: (3)

Waiso
This is a very well-written and comprehensive survey of post-war British theatre. I do have some minor quibbles with Billington because he tends to discount the still-lasting effect of WWII on British drama, but otherwise this is the best survey I have yet to read of post-war British theatre.
Malhala
As I am interested in the theatre especially the drama and how it reflects the society in which it was written, this book was the work I have been looking for.
Kanrad
STATE OF THE NATION can best be approached as an epic text, chronicling the development of British theater since the end of the Second World War. A lot of it will seem no doubt familiar to students of the topic: the rise and fall of the Angry Young Men, the protest theater of the Sixties, the growth of the fringe during the Seventies, theatrical retraction during the Thatcher period, followed by a revaluation of subsidy and the theater during the Blair era. Billington is particularly harsh on certain major figures of the era; he certainly doesn't like Binkie Beaumont, the West End producer of the Fifties who controlled all the major theaters, and whose dramatic tastes were inherently conservative. Nor does he have much time for Noel Coward, whom he dismisses as a rather antediluvian figure (despite the revival of interest in his work during the Sixties and the Noughties). On the other hand STATE OF THE NATION reveals a penchant for Pinter, Bond, Nichols and (more latterly) the work of Sarah Kane and Martin McDonough. STATE OF THE NATION is an extremely readable text, the product of a drama critic who has simultaneously delighted and enraged readers of London's GUARDIAN newspaper.
State of the Nation download epub
Author: Michael Billington
ISBN: 0571210341
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Faber and Faber; Main edition (November 1, 2007)
Pages: 416 pages