UNCENSORED: BANNED AND CENSORED PLAYS

UNCENSORED: BANNED AND CENSORED PLAYS

UNCENSORED: BANNED AND CENSORED PLAYS

This event was presented by Belka Productions and the London tour of the Maly Drama Theatre with their production of Life & Fate, in collaboration with JW3.

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET, LONDON: 10 MAY 2018

JW3, LONDON: 17 MAY 2018


Uncensored: A Tour of Troublesome Texts - Banned and Censored Plays Through the Ages

10th MAY, 7 PM, THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

To mark 50 years since the end of state theatre censorship in the UK, a team of actors led by Simon Callow performed excerpts from a selection of canonical plays and texts adapted for the stage that were banned and censored across various countries and time periods. 

After the performances, a panel discussion looked at the question: Is Censorship Ever Good? The panel included industry figureheads such as playwrights Christopher Hampton and Gupreet Kaur Bhatti,  a senior member of the Maly Drama Theatre, free speech campaigner Jodie Ginsberg and theatre critic Michael Billington.

Since the beginning of theatrical history, governments and other cencoring bodies have prevented the performance of plays for political, social and cultural reasons. Directors and playwrights also frequently adapt banned and censored books for the stage. This event coincided with the premiere of Lev Dodin’s adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s previously banned Life & Fate and Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Moliere’s once censored Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

In an era where freedom of speech if constantly re-examined, this event explored banned texts and the power of language and performance.