By Benjamin Poore

The degree portrayal of the Victorians in recent years is a key reference aspect in realizing notions of Britishness, and the profound politicisation of that discuss over the past 4 a long time. This book throws new gentle on works through canonical playwrights like Bond, Edgar, and Churchill, linking theatre to the broader tradition at huge.

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In this interpretation, Bond shows a society riven with conflict and competition, featuring the formation of secret pacts and a paranoiac fear of the enemy within, and the urge to possess more than everyone else, and possess it first. 26 Albert wants to kill Victoria and seize the throne. Disraeli is in league with Victoria to destroy her husband. Albert, a more sympathetic figure than his wife, repeats the capitalist mantra of progress: ‘The people are strong. They want to be used – to build empires and railways and factories .

Furthermore, it could equally be asserted that Bond’s Victorian stage world is less inspired by psychoanalysis and more by the ‘topsy-turvy’ world of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Bond’s next play, Narrow Road to the Deep North, was to draw on Gilbert and Sullivan music and characters to satirize the imperial mission. 44 Hence, even in seeking to undermine or satirize the Victorian worldview and its influence on the twentieth century, one can end up quoting or using ‘other Victorians’ as a reference point.

41). 109 The ways in which race and immigration were used as symbols of national decline, and how plays about the Victorians as empire-builders offered alternative scenarios to this, forms the focus of Chapter 2. We can see this sense of confusion about British identity, and the ways in which it was changing, reflected in television drama of the 1970s. Staging the Bad Old Days 41 Donald Wilson’s production of The Forsyte Saga, screened in 26 episodes from 1967 and covering the period 1879–1926, was immensely popular, and it paved the way for other family sagas during the 1970s, both original and adapted from novels, such as The Pallisers (1974), adapted from Anthony Trollope’s series of novels, Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–5) and The Onedin Line (1971–80).

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