Stage or Stepping Stone?

John Earl looks into the world of theatre.

Theatre is almost the only art in which Britain has fairly consistently excelled and, for long periods, led the world. General histories of Western art credit us with an occasional creative giant, a Hawksmoor, a Turner or a Moore but tend otherwise to ignore these dim offshore islands. Theatre is an exception to the rule – and the other major exception, literature, has deep roots in the drama.

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