Government Intervention in Theater in Britain and the United States

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Theater has been a large part of nearly every culture. The maneuvers that this cultural mainstay has made surely outdo many that other practices have made over the centuries. How the theater progressed through time and adjusted itself in order to accommodate more people and more ideas, to reach its audience in times of despair and to provide an unequitable entertainment value, are all important aspects related to why and how the theater has always been so successful and played a large part in the transition from the stage to film. The goal of this research is not to analyze the transition that the times and technology provided, but to analyze the different institutions and efforts both the United States government and the British parliament put forth to comfort and aid its people in times of strife; namely The Great Depression. This paper will look specifically at the government interventions in the theater in the United States and the lack of government intervention in Great Britain and compare the outcomes that sent both countries on surprisingly the same path.
The years before the Great Depression were full of economic prosperity among people in both the United States and Great Britain. The 1920s was an era of extreme wealth amongst a number of people. Wall Street took over the role of the financial capital of the world, a title that previously belonged to London. The confidence that many stockbrokers held caused market speculation, insane increase in share prices, and
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