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Theatre struggle nets critica prize

A tale of the battles faced by the theatre to escape official censorship has won a London theatre critic a renowned award.

Nicholas de Jongh, who writes for the Evening Standard, scooped the Theatre Book Prize 2000, awarded by the Society for Theatre Research.

He was presented with his prize by actor Timothy West for his book Politics, Prudery and Perversion… Censorship 1906-68.

The book traces the battles fought by theatre to escape the control of officials from the draconian Lord Chamberlain’s office.

Judges’ spokesman Kenneth Richards said: “It is pertinent to the theatre but it has broader social and political implications which give it appeal beyond the drama enthusiast.

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