Modern Playhouses: Theatres, Leisure, Citizenship & Urbanity in Britain, 1945-85, Dr Alistair Fair

  • 5:15pm - 6:30pm

  • Minto House, Elliot Room
    20-22 Chambers Street
    EH1 1JZ

Between the 1950s and the 1980s, more than seventy new theatres were built across Britain, supported by public money. This paper will locate some of these buildings within their wider architectural, social, and urban historical contexts, showing how culture and leisure – and the buildings in which they were accommodated – were fundamentally related to ideas of modern urbanity and modern citizenship. The result was a new sort of public architecture that was at once distinctive and also ‘mainstream’.


Part of the Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series 2018