This fully updated and revised second edition of Theatre Histories: An Introduction is designed to achieve two mutually supportive objectives. It provides a global framework for readers to consider performances in a variety of cultures from throughout the world, both contemporary and historical. Second, it demonstrates a variety of interpretive approaches to analyzing theatre and performance in order to challenge readers to think critically about how histories are written and to be active learners . To accomplish these goals every part of the book is organized around themes and arguments with case studies at the end of each chapter. Many of these explain and apply different interpretive approaches to a specific type of theatre or performance.Enhancements and new material include:A full colour text design with added timelines and matching world maps to each opening sectionA wealth of new colour illustrations to help convey the vitality of performances describedNew case studies on African, Asian and Western subjectsA new chapter on modernism, and updated and expanded chapters and part introductionsFuller definitions of terms and concepts throughout in a new glossaryNew audio-visual resources and links to these on the webA re-designed support website offering additional resources such as more links to audio-visual resources on the web, expanded bibliographies, approaches to teaching theatre and performance history, and a flashcard glossary.Phillip B. Zarrilli is the author of 'Theatre Histories: An Introduction', published 2009 under ISBN 9780415462242 and ISBN 041546224X.