1st Edition

Property and Finance on the Post-Brexit London Stage We Want What You Have

By Michael Meeuwis Copyright 2021
    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    A guide to the contemporary London stage as well as an argument about its future, the book walks readers through the city’s performance spaces following the Brexit vote.

    Austerity-era London theatre is suffused with the belief that private ownership defines full citizenship, its perspective narrowing to what an affluent audience might find relatable. From pub theatres to the National, Michael Meeuwis reveals how what gets put on in London interacts with the daily life of the neighbourhoods in which they are set.

    This study addresses global theatregoers, as well as students and scholars across theatre and performance studies—particularly those interested in UK culture after Brexit, urban geography, class, and theatrical economics.



    Chapter 1 Typical Girls; or, the Privately-Owned Punk Squat

    Chapter 2 Brexit’s Dispossessed

    Chapter 3 Transnationalism

    Chapter 4 Village Feel

    Chapter 5 Croydon vs. the World: Malteaser Threesomes and Entrepreneurial Sweatshirts in the Shadow of Grenfell

    Chapter 6 Yerma on the Internet

    Conclusion: Wanting More

    Afterword: Estate of the Nation, Jerusalem to Albion



    Michael Meeuwis is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. He is a literary historian of the British eighteenth through twenty-first centuries, with an ongoing interest in theatre and performance; or, a theatre historian with a side hustle in literature.