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The Citizens’ Theatre (Glasgow), 1972, and Northern Broadsides (Halifax), 1995
Carol Chillington Rutter

. But the Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised homosexual acts between consenting adult males had been passed only in 1967, the first ‘gay studies’ programmes wouldn't be launched in any university until the autumn of 1972 (and then only in the United States), and ten years later, in 1982, the normalising role that theatre played in the representation of such acts would still be so hotly disputed in the UK that the case of The Romans in Britain could bring a director at the National Theatre in London to court, prosecuted for ‘procuring’ a public act of gross

in Antony and Cleopatra
Caesar under Thatcher
Andrew James Hartley

addition to the calls for Hall’s resignation and threats of discontinued funding for the National Theatre, Bogdanov was personally and privately prosecuted under the 1956 Sexual Offences Act (the police having refused to prosecute under the 1968 Theatres Act). After several days of evidence, Whitehouse’s lawyer convinced her to retract the charge (incurring costs of £20,000), so no verdict was given. In

in Julius Caesar
Robert Shaughnessy

between Orlando and Ganymede’ but that Pickup’s performance was severely constrained ‘to justify the thesis that absolute love is absolutely neuter’, and that Charles Kay as Celia ‘is allowed to teeter into high queerdom’. But for the most part the possibility of queer desire, even in the context of a production that opened two months after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalized sex

in As You Like It