An encyclopedic compilation of things theatrical, this manages to include all ages and countries in representative selection, alphabetically arranged. There are long and short articles, biographies, cross-references for the searcher for information about the popular, entertainment theatre, rather than the literary theatre. Besides playwrights and producers, and actors, there is material on architecture, music, dancing, design, costume and scenery, lighting and make-up, articles on theatre the world over, playhouses, specific entertainment forms (burlesque, music-hall, ballet, etc.) and other theatrical subjects. There is no attempt to cover the cinema or the circus at any length; the whole is angled as a companion to stage attendance. The contributors are indexed and there is a bibliography. A ten year works-in-progress, this has a wide scope and a satisfactory coverage. Reference primarily.