Magisterial, informative and lively. Essential for anybody interested in theatre's recent history. (The Times
Billington is first-rate when it comes to spotting themes in the diverse work he has seen, and his book is an impressive monument to a professional life well spent. There is some superb critical analysis of individual plays with Billington finding fresh things to say and he's excellent, too, on the creation and shifting fortunes of the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. (Daily Telegraph
Billington has managed to produce a compelling narrative history of 60 years of British theatre which is a pleasure to read. (The Economist
Billington has produced an account of the theatre and of Britain which, like the art he rates most highly, does not only reflect on what happens, but may influence it too. (Independent
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State of the Nation, by Michael Billington, is a challenging look at the vast upheavals that have taken place in Britain and its theatre since the Second World War from perhaps the era's foremost critic.