‘The theatrical enterprises of Maurice E. Bandmann played, at the start of the twentieth century, a highly significant role in promoting Western plays, musical comedies and revues throughout Asia, but they have been hitherto overlooked by historians. Christopher B. Balme has, through ingenious and thorough research, reconstituted the manifold activities of this pioneering manager. More importantly, he has situated them as a hub from which to explore such matters as global networks, transnational commerce, intercultural relations, playhouse architecture, and the diffusion of taste. His enquiries open out into thought-provoking analyses that stretch far beyond theatre itself. The result is an engrossing and intellectually stimulating study which is bound to open up new directions in theatre scholarship, much as Bandmann blazed trails in India and the Far East.'
Laurence Senelick - Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, Tufts University
‘This ground-breaking study provides new insights into theatrical touring in an age of globalization, particularly across the Asian continent, and the networks that made it possible. Focussing on the circuit developed by Maurice E. Bandmann in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, it charts the impact of economics and politics on touring theatre and its structures, while also investigating managerial practices, performer and spectator experience, and the types of repertoire presented. Balme's informative and carefully researched book is an important addition to our understanding of transnational theatre practices and networks in a period of significant change and increasing internationalisation.'
Jim Davis - University of Warwick