Religion in modern drama

An intriguing flurry of related items in the Guardian last month. Firstly, Michael Billington drew a contrast between the animating force of religious themes in much drama in the Fifties and the lack of religious interest in plays written in more recent years. This was in part a response to Drew Pautz’s play Love the Sinner (reviewed, again by Billington, here).
This elicited a response from Ian Bradley, pointing out that religious themes were alive and well in the musical.
Finally, some enterprising soul in the Guardian’s research department pulled out a most intriguing archive item from 22 May 1958, on a debate in the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly over the future of the Gateway Theatre, which, improbably, was actually owned by the Church.

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