The new Cambridge Studies in Modem Theatre series explores, through the discussion of theatre, what it has meant to be modern over the last two centuries. Encompassing a global range of theatrical exchange, cultural productivity and historiography, it encourages contributions that probe both the aesthetic and sociopolitical dimensions of performance. Studies will cover not only plays, but operas, musicals, dance, circus and public ceremonies and rites and incorporate new inflections in Theatre Studies that recognise the importance of space, architecture and time. Building on the first wave of books published under David Bradby's editorship, the series will generate a dialogue as to what constitutes a global theatrical culture within modernity and how local cultures help constitute that global context. It also seeks to explore how theatre operates as an active agent in the political and social world, by bringing communities together and formulating agendas, both in the cultural and social field.