Plays International & Europe

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Plays International & Europe is a British theatre magazine carrying reviews, interviews and features with photographs on theatre in Britain and other countries.


The origins of Plays International & Europe[1] go back to the monthly magazine Plays and Players[2][3][4] first published in 1953 as part of the Hansom Books Seven Arts Group of magazines, providing regular reviews of theatrical events in Great Britain. The editor of Plays and Players for many years between 1963 and 1975, Peter Roberts, in 1984 became editor of a magazine modelled on the same format called Plays International, which continued the tradition of publishing theatre reviews alongside photographic illustrations of the shows and actors involved.

In 2016 the magazine, then in its 31st volume, was taken over by the Theater Research Institute of Europe,[5] based in Luxembourg. Its title was amended to Plays International & Europe, retaining the same ISSN number, and it changed from monthly/bi-monthly to quarterly publication. Dr Dana Rufolo,[6] a Luxembourgish-American author and contributor[7] to the magazine, took over as new chief editor.

Featured writers[edit]

The critics writing reviews for the magazine include academics, authors, and contributors to British national newspapers. Authors reporting regularly on the London and British regional stages include John Russell Taylor, a well-known international theatre, film and art critic, Neil Dowden (who also acts as London editor), Jeremy Malies, Séverine Genieys-Kirk,[8] Crysse Morrison,[9] Nick Ahad[10] and Julie Sorokurs. Authors reporting from the European continent include Sergio Lo Gatto[11] Margaret Rose, Natalia Isaeva[12] and Claudia Woolgar.[13] Michael Ajzenstadt and Doran Elia report from Israel. From the US, there are regular reports by Lawrence Bommer, Robert Cohen[14] and Glenda Frank.[15] Malcolm Page[16] reports from Canada. Australia is covered by Margaret Leask.[17]


Plays International & Europe is quoted in academic and general theatre anthologies, such as Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today by Aleks Sierz,[18] and A Director’s Theatre, by Robert Cohen.[19]

Dana Rufolo, the editor-in-chief, reports on theatre festivals in Europe, such as the International Meetings of the Theatre in Cluj (Cluj Theatre Festival 2018)[20][21] or the Festival de Almada[22] in Portugal, and has obtained the Prémio Carlos Porto-Imprensa Especializada for reporting on the Festival of Almada in October 2019.[23] An editorial discussing the consequences of the 2020 pandemic for the theatre world was recently translated for a Romanian theatre magazine,[24] and the issues raised by the pandemic as reflected in the Autumn 2020 issue of Plays International & Europe was reviewed in a specialized article.[25]

There are numerous references to the antecedent magazine Plays and Players in the books The Best of Plays and Players 1953-1968,[3] and The Best of Plays and Players 1969-1983,[4] both edited by Peter Roberts. It is also referenced in other anthologies, such as Modern British Playwriting: the 60s: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations[26] by Steve Nicholson.


  1. ^ "Plays International & Europe". ISSN 0268-2028. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  2. ^ Williams, Tudor (2005-03-31). "Chequered past - Plays and Players | Features". The Stage. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Peter, ed. (1988). The Best of Plays and Players 1953-1968. Photographs by Zoe Dominic and Donald Cooper. London: Methuen. p. 253. ISBN 9780413529602.
  4. ^ a b Roberts, Peter, ed. (1989). The Best of Plays and Players 1969-1983. Photographs by Zoe Dominic and Donald Cooper. London: Methuen. p. 272. ISBN 9780413537201.
  5. ^ "Theater Research Institute of Europe".
  6. ^ "Luxemburger Autorenlexikon". Luxemburger Autorenlexikon.
  7. ^ See for example Plays and Players, July 1987
  8. ^ "Séverine Genieys-Kirk". The University of Edinburgh.
  9. ^ "Crysse Morrison".
  10. ^ "Nick Ahad". nickahad. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  11. ^ "Sergio Lo Gatto". 12 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Anatoly Vasiliev - 20 years in theatre and a kick up the ass! / Анатолий Васильев - 20 лет в театре и пинок под зад!". Pushkin House.
  13. ^ "Claudia Woolgar".
  14. ^ "Robert Cohen - Theatre Director, Author, Playwright, Critic, Teacher". Robert Cohen.
  15. ^ "Women in Theatre - Original article published in Plays International & Europe, Winter 2018". Women in Theatre. 15 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Malcolm Page | The Canadian Encyclopedia".
  17. ^ "Margaret Leask". 31 August 2017.
  18. ^ Sierz, Aleks (2011). Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today. London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 9781408112380.
  19. ^ Cohen, Robert (2017). A Director's Theatre. The Romanian Theatre from an American Perspective. Un teatru al regizorului văzut de un american. Cluj-Napoca: Casa Cartii de Stiinta. ISBN 978-606-17-1211-3.
  20. ^ "Teatrul National Cluj-Napoca".
  21. ^ Rufolo, Dana; Măniuțiu, Anca (February 2018). "A Dialogue about Romanian Theatre and Directing from an International Perspective". Studia Dramatica. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai University Press. LXIII (2): 153–166.
  22. ^ "Festival de Almada". Teatro Nacional D. Maria II.
  23. ^ "TMJB". CTAlmada.
  24. ^ Rufolo, Dana (2020). "O privire în global de cristal". Revista de Artele Spectacolului. Nr. 48 (2) / 2020: 5.
  25. ^ Pop-Curşeu, Ștefana (October 2020). "Magazine Review: Last issue of Plays International & Europe, vol.33, no.7-9. Theatre and the Pandemic, New Constraints, New Habits, New Texts". Studia UBB Dramatica. LXV, 2, 2020: 389–394.
  26. ^ Nicholson, Steve (2012). Modern British Playwriting: The 1960s. Voices, Documents, New Interpretations. London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 9781408157114.

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