In this “Spezial” series of “Theater der Zeit” this edition is dedicated for the first time to a theatrical metropolis. London which and it has it all, city of musicals and the fringe scene, commercial comedies and off-off experiments. The West End theater is booming despite crisis-ridden markets, and the state-sponsored stages also report visitor records. While nostalgia-drenched pieces and comedies celebrate the greatest economic successes, writing workshops such as the Royal Court Theater continue to send exciting new impulses for contemporary drama to Germany and to all of of Europe. But what has become of authors like Mark Ravenhill and Anthony Neilson – from the stars of the New Writing boom of the nineties? Why is Victorianism so persistent on English stages? And how will the conservative government’s massive budget cuts affect the London scene?
The TdZ Special London draws in interviews with influential theater directors such as Nic Starr and David Jobb, portraits of artists that are very well know also in Germany, such as Katie Mitchell, Deborah Warner and Ramin Gray. Additionall to this analytical essays that show the latest trends in drama, the image of a theatrical metropolis between traditional Globe, critical National Theater and a highly vibrant performance scene is shown.
The contributions are published in German and English.