The People's Shakespeare: Place, Politics and Performance in a Northern Amateur Theatre

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


In 1933, J. B. Priestley visited Newcastle upon Tyne as part of his journey around an England in the grip of economic depression. A local friend and amateur actor took him to The Bridge Hotel, where the People’s Theatre – an amateur company founded in 1911 on socialist principles – was rehearsing Euripides’ The Trojan Women. This is how Priestley described the scene:

In the shadow of an enormous ebony bridge, which looked as if it stretched into the outer spaces of the universe, we found a large but almost deserted pub. But vague noises came from upstairs, and I...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShakespeare in the North: Place, Politics and Performance in England and Scotland
EditorsAdam Hansen
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781474435956, 9781474435949
ISBN (Print)9781474435925
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2021

Cite this