This new paperback edition of the The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe covers theatre since World War II in forty-seven European nations, including the nations which re-emerged following the break-up of the former USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Each national article is divided into twelve sections - History, Structure of the National Theatre Community, Artistic profile, Music Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Puppet Theatre, Design, Theatre, Space and Architecture, Training, Criticism, Scholarship and Publishing and Further Reading - allowing the reader to use the book as a source for both area and subject studies.
A new preface and further reading sections by the Series Editor brings the Encyclopedia bang up-to-date making it invaluable to anyone interested in European theatre, as well as students and scholars of performance studies, history, anthropology and cultural studies.
'There is no current work of this magnitude ... The Encyclopedia will be an invaluable source of information to theatre researchers and to scholars in other disciplines as well.' - Dorothy L. Swerdlove, New York Public Library
'It should ... be purchased straight away as a ready reckoner of contemporary stage practice by every festival and theatre that has international dealings. Meanwhile any student or theatre-goer looking either for a starting point for exploration or to put foreign theatre in its context instead of just another novelty item in a festival programme should at the very least urge their local library to get hold of a copy.' - Theatre Scotland
'Writers from almost every nation on earth profile native expressions of music, dance, and puppet an dramatic theater since 1945 and comment on trends in design, training, criticism, and scholarship, in six insightful, inclusive, and entertaining volumes.' New York Public Library named The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, Six-Volume Set as one of their Best of Reference selections, April 2002