Past Display Ran from 10 July 2018 to 27 January 2019

Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50

This display marked 50 years since the Theatres Act came into force, abolishing state censorship of the British stage

Exploring theatre, film and music, this display examined the regulation of theatre in the 17th century through to the time of Kubrick's provocative A Clockwork Orange and the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen, as well as censorship's role today.

Display Highlights

Production photograph of The Romans in Britain, National Theatre, 1980, photograph by Douglas Jeffery. Archive ref: THM/374/1/2283/5. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Poster for the planned opening of Hair at the Shaftesbury Theatre, 1968. Museum no. S.4107-1994. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Theatre World magazine, 1949. Archive ref: THM/433. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
OZ magazine obscenity trial flyer, 1971. Archive ref: THM/497. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Friends of the V&A
Caricature of Hair by Gerald Scarfe. © Gerald Scarfe. On loan from Gerald Scarfe
Patent for Theatre Royal Drury Lane, issued by Charles II to Thomas Killigrew, 1662. Museum no. LOAN:USEFUL.1-2000. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Really Useful Theatres Group
Poster for The Arts & Censorship gala at the Royal Festival Hall, 1968, England. Museum no. S.2054-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Licence from the Lord Chamberlain for Loot by Joe Orton, 1964, England. Archive ref: THM/273. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Costume design for Revuedeville by Cordelia Selwood, Windmill Theatre, about 1938 – 39. Museum no. S.56-1976. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Paste-up board for ‘The Magic Theatre’ issue of OZ magazine by Martin Sharp, 1968. Archive ref: THM/497. © Estate of Martin Sharp. Purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Friends of the V&A
Poster for Shopping and F***ing, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, 1998. Museum no. S.203-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Saved production photograph, Royal Court Theatre, 1985. © John Haynes/Lebrecht Music & Arts

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Background image: Saved production photograph, Royal Court Theatre, 1985. © John Haynes/Lebrecht Music & Arts