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Durham University

Theatre Censorship in Spain (1931-1985)

 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 and viewpoints. It was also a way of exercising aesthetic influence - an attempt to control genre boundaries, canons and reception by the public. Artists adopted a variety of strategies in response to these constraints. Theatre, as a medium with the potential to make direct and immediate connections with society, was subject to particularly severe control.

This project, funded by the AHRC between 2008 and 2011, 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. It is a collaboration between Dr Michael Thompson (Principal Investigator, Durham University) and Dr Catherine O'Leary (University of St Andrews). Dr Diego Santos Sánchez (Universidad Complutense) worked on the project as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

'Theatre Censorship in Spain' was funded by the AHRC (2008-2011)

Collaborative projects with theatre companies

Michael Thompson has been working with Théâtre Sans Frontières and the Spanish Theatre Company on projects focusing on the censorship of Lorca's play La casa de Bernarda Alba. More information in Dissemination.

Contact Details

Principal Investigator:
Dr Michael Thompson
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Durham University
Durham DH1 3JT