The Revival of Medieval Forms in Recent Political Drama
The Berliner Ensemble’s visit to Britain in 1956 probably brought forward the biggest scenic revolution of the twentieth century. A new conception of the theatre swept the English stage. It was based on the rejection of naturalism as well as on the necessity to encompass the whole of a collectivity, instead of just a privileged minority. This visit of paramount importance invited theatre to ponder over a new definition of its own domain.
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