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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Theatre Censorship in Spain

 Theatre Censorship in Spain (1931-1985)

TCS (Theatre Censorship in Spain)

The study of censorship is vital to understanding the relationship between cultural production and the state. In Spain during the Second Republic, the civil war, the dictatorship of General Franco and the transition to democracy, censorship of all media was extensively used to promote hegemonic political and moral values while suppressing alternative ideologies. Artists adopted a variety of strategies in response to these environments. Theatre, as a medium with the potential to make direct and immediate connections with society, was subject to particularly severe control.

This project aims to carry out the most comprehensive analysis to date of how censorship functioned in Spain in different political contexts during the 20th century and the impact it had on all forms of theatrical production. Dr Michael Thompson (Durham University), Dr Catherine O'Leary (University of St Andrews) and Dr Diego Santos Sánchez (Universidad de Alcalá) are the researchers involved in the project, which was funded by the AHRC between 2008 and 2011.

'Theatre Censorship in Spain' is funded by the AHRC

Edited book published by the TCS team

Catherine O’Leary, Diego Santos Sánchez & Michael Thompson (eds). Global Insights on Theatre Censorship (New York/Abingdon: Routledge, 2016)

Contact Details

Dr Michael P. Thompson
Elvet Riverside
New Elvet
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 191 33 43436