1st Student's Major


1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Rebecca Unetic is a senior undergraduate student at Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in History and Music with a minor in Honors. Rebecca is a member of various instrumental ensembles at MSU, Mankato including Concert Wind Ensemble of which she is the clarinet section leader. She will be president of History Club and a co-coordinator for History Day in the coming academic year at MSU, Mankato. Rebecca received an URC Research Grant for summer 2007 to pursue research on the history of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Music Department. After graduating spring 2008, Rebecca plans on attending graduate school for British history.

Mentor's Name

Larry Witherell

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department


Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


With the passing of the Licensing Act of 1737 and until its repeal in 1969 the Lord Chamberlain’s office has been legally able to censor any drama to be performed at established theatres in England. However, the 1737 Act left inconsistencies in the definition of censorship and the role of censor. People who were involved in theatre believed the Lord Chamberlain’s office gained too much power from the Act. In the nineteenth century, actors, playwrights and members of Parliament agitated for the reform of the 1737 Licensing Act, which led to the establishment of three special parliamentary committees in 1822-1823, 1866 and 1892 as well as to the passage of a second Theatres [Licensing] Act in 1843. This paper will focus on the emerging view of the modern theatre as revealed by the witnesses examined by the special parliamentary committees and in the parliamentary debates. This paper will use the parliamentary debates, parliamentary committee reports and secondary historical scholarship including histories of drama and theatre.

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