Display On now until Sunday, 27 January 2019

Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50

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

  • On now until Sunday, 27 January 2019

  • This display includes adult themes, images and language which some might find offensive.

  • Room 104

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Exploring theatre, film and music, this display examines 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