Reports of the death of British theatrical comedy? Greatly exaggerated or sadly accurate?

Peters, LH 2018, 'Reports of the death of British theatrical comedy? Greatly exaggerated or sadly accurate?' , Comedy Studies, 9 (1) , pp. 76-83.

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Abstract

Are the twin masks of Tragedy and Comedy in the process of transformation?
I am seeking in this paper to address challenging questions concerning the increasing disappearance of the 'serious' comedy, especially the satirical play on the UK stage and ask why:

Has the UK audience deserted comedy in general and satire in particular?
Is it too difficult to write? Why in the context of a troubled world is contemporary theatrical comedy not more popular?

Controversially, is it something to do with the inverse relationship between the increasing benefits of a multi-national, multi-racial UK society and a declining national consensus on shared symbols concerning issues of humour and satire?

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Comedy Studies
Publisher: Routledge / Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2040-610X
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Depositing User: Dr Lloyd Peters
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 21:26
URI: /id/eprint/46235

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