A Centenary History of the Oxford University Dramatic Society
A non fiction book by Humphrey Carpenter
The Oxford University Dramatic Society was born out of the struggles of Victorian undergraduates to put on plays despite opposition from Oxfords Vice-Chancellor and the stuffier dons. Plays had been banned at Oxford almost since the days when Shakespeare and his strolling actors performed in the city's inn-yards. But by 1885 a few brave pioneers had managed to turn the tide of opinion, a Dramatic Society was formed, and Henry IV, Part I was staged - to the delight of an audience which included an enthusiastic Oscar Wilde. Since then OUDS has played a large part in training actors and directors who have enriched English theatre. Those involved with its productions have included Sir John Gielgud, Richard Burton, Emlyn Williams, and a host of other celebrated names, down to the present day and Diana Quick, star of televisions Brideshead Revisited, who was the Society's first woman President.
Used availability for Humphrey Carpenter's O.U.D.S .
May 1985 : UK Hardback