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‘On One of Those Sunday Nights’: 50 Years of Africa at the Royal Court Theatre

  • Tiziana Morosetti
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Abstract

The Royal Court Theatre has provided a launching pad for a variety of authors from Africa or, more recently, of African descent. This chapter explores the dynamics behind half a century of performing Africa at the Royal Court, with specific reference to Wole Soyinka, Femi Ajibade, Athol Fugard, and Bola Agbaje. Central to the investigation are the papers in the English Stage Company archive at the V&A, especially William Gaskill’s 1966 correspondence, as well as reviews and newspaper cuttings. It will be argued that attitudes to ‘Africa’ at the Royal Court have changed with the progressive gentrification of this venue, and attempts to achieve an ‘international’ dimension.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.GoldsmithsUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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