The continuity of cultural value
in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
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The shape of the argument over cultural value revealed the continuities as well as the changes that had taken place since 2004. The financial logic of diminished state funding had reduced government responsibility for direct provision of specific cultural goods. Writing in The Guardian in 2011, Mark Brown described the enormous success of the National Theatre's 2007 adaptation of Michel Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel War Horse. The continuing difficulty of establishing the value of cultural goods produced, distributed and consumed in complex contemporary markets applies as much to 'Shakespeare' as to other forms. In the world of a Shakespeare play, events have consequences and the characters' metaphorical commentary articulates the emotional and the ethical significance of their connection. Shakespeare's plays not only stage debates over value, they also provide an open field in which individual views about the characters behaviour can be given free rein.


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