An exploration of the way ‘Theatre for Children and Young People’ has responded to cultural diversity in a continually changing social and political context over the last fifty years. The resourcefulness of companies in sustaining output, quality and innovation over many years is an example to other sectors. This publication is a tool to record and stimulate innovation and excellence – contributing to the long-term stability of the arts. It is the first publication to give the whole story of Theatre for Children and Young People and its development in the UK over the past 50 years. It is essential reading for drama and theatre practitioners and for students of contemporary British theatre everywhere.