The Making of Modern Theatre

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Monday 13 January 2020 – Monday 23 March 2020

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 2

  • Course price £380.00 - £472.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

This event is unfortunately cancelled. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been cancelled or postponed there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog

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Course Leaders
Malcolm Jones & Giles Ramsay

Malcolm has lectured on the V&A Short Course and Year Course Programme since 2009 devising and developing a range of courses on Theatre History and Practice. Malcolm was workshop and Events manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in Covent Garden for 10 years. Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer.

Every aspect of the V&A Short Courses are so thoughtfully planned and truly bring the collection to life. A fantastic opportunity to learn about the collection by some of the most experienced lecturers and academics in the field. Previous Course Student

Course overview

The changes that took place in 20th century theatre were the greatest since the period of Shakespeare. There was a stream of great plays from Granville Barker to Terence Rattigan and Noel Coward and the great American playwrights Miller and Williams. Then came the championing of new writing at Royal Court and Stratford East in the 1950s and 1960s. Fringe Theatre also became an exciting and often controversial means of producing plays in the late 20th century. This course will look at the volatile and exciting history of 20th theatre and will include sessions on the art of the performers, practitioners and producers that forged the theatre we see today.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

• This course has a Half Term break on 17 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: The Making of Modern Theatre

13 January 2020 - 23 March 2020

£380.00 - £472.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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