Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2022)


Show Business: Theatre and Capitalism

Level 6 (15 credits)

What kind of business is show business? This module explores the relationship between theatre and capitalism. It examines key economic problems as they arise in the theatre (e.g. "star" performers, box office, theatre as entertainment, theatre as a "creative industry," theatre and real estate). It also considers how performance offers a distinctive lens through which to think about broader practices and relations (e.g. neoliberalism, globalisation, urban development) that have become central to our everyday lives.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation necessary for this module.

There is no advance preparation for this module.  Where possible, module materials will be provided at no cost to students, either through electronically or via the Library.  Students may incur minimal public transport costs should they wish to conduct fieldwork when completing module assignments (e.g. site visits).   

Why take Show Business: Theatre and Capitalism?

  • Learn why show business is a lot like other businesses (except when it isn't).
  • Explore the relationship between theatre and capitalism, both onstage and offstage, in different times and places.
  • Learn about theatre economics, as well as theatre's role within the broader economy.
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester 2

  1. Written Exercise (1000 words), 25%
  2. Essay (3000 words), 75%

Mode of reassessment Standard
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