Today in Theatre History: THE INFAMOUS LICENSING ACT OF 1737–June 21, 1737

On this day in theatre history–June 21, 1737–the infamous Licensing Act was passed by Parliament enjoining the Lord Chamberlain to act as the legal censor of all plays.  English theatre would be severely affected for over a century until the law was rescinded in 1843.  If I can find the time, I’ll write up a little more about it.  But for the moment, this will have to do.

Here's a photo of a cat wearing a paper bag.  This has nothing to do, of course, with the infamous Licensing Act or 1737.  But I thought it appropriate nonetheless.

A cat performing the constraints placed on theatre by the Licensing Act of 1737.  (No animals were harmed in the making of today’s blog.  In fact, this isn’t even my cat.  I don’t know whose cat it is.  I swiped the photo off the interweb.)

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