Why Did Parliament Eliminate the Licensing Requirement for Public Performance of Plays?
In 1843, the British Parliament passed the Theaters Act, in which it was provided that no play could be publicly performed without a license from the Lord Chamberlain.
The Lord Chamberlain could deny the license only if he found that “it is fitting for the preservation of good manners, decorum or of the public peace so to do." Performing a play without a license was a criminal offense.
In 1968, however, Parliament repealed the statute. Now, anything can be performed in Britain. Why did Parliament repeal the Theaters Act?
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