Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War

  • Christopher B. Balme
  • Berenika Szymanski-Düll

Part of the Transnational Theatre Histories book series (TTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Christopher B. Balme, Berenika Szymanski-Düll
    Pages 1-22
  3. Shifting Borders: Tours and Touring

  4. Institutions and Institutional Imbrications

  5. Acting, Artists and Art Between the Battlefronts

  6. Postcolonial Perspectives

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 325-350

About this book


This book examines how the Cold War had a far-reaching impact on theatre by presenting a range of current scholarship on the topic from scholars from a dozen countries. They represent in turn a variety of perspectives, methodologies and theatrical genres, including not only Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, but also Polish folk-dancing, documentary theatre and opera production. The contributions demonstrate that there was much more at stake and a much larger investment of ideological and economic capital than a simple dichotomy between East versus West or socialism versus capitalism might suggest. Culture, and theatrical culture in particular with its high degree of representational power, was recognized as an important medium in the ideological struggles that characterize this epoch. Most importantly, the volume explores how theatre can be reconceptualized in terms of transnational or even global processes which, it will be argued, were an integral part of Cold War rivalries.


transnational theatre global history cold war theatre communist theatre cultural representation govermnmental involvement touring ensembles political theatre politicised theatre agitprop international relations socialist culture state-run theatres racial politics postcolonial theatre creative tensions global impliactions censorship propaganda surveillance

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher B. Balme
    • 1
  • Berenika Szymanski-Düll
    • 2
  1. 1.Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitätMunichGermany
  2. 2.Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitätMunichGermany

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