Moscow: 1934. Item #185
#1-12. 29,5x21 cm (case 31x22,5 cm). Every issue in illustrated publisher’s wrappers. In publisher’s folder with lettering of the title and year. Near fine. Folder is rubbed and straps are cut off, every issue with Soviet bookshop’s stamp on the back cover.
The importance of this year run is in the publisher’s folder – usually they don’t survive to our day.
Each issue one of 5000 copies.
In the beginning of 1930s the new era came for Soviet theatre. All experimental studios and theatres were closing and only one style - Soviet realism - remained. The growth of the audience led to necessity of creating new ‘popular’ theatrical magazine. 'Theatre and Dramaturgy' was a Soviet illustrated monthly magazine, printed as 'Soviet Theatre' from 1930 till 1933, as 'Theatre and Dramaturgy' from 1933 till 1936 and 'Theatre' from 1937. The magazine was supposed to form views of readers and be a trendsetter in this area for the whole Soviet Union as it was the time of building Soviet ideology. The magazine was not meant only for professionals, moreover its unusual design and a lot of illustrations were more appealing to a general public.
But among all important materials coming from rulers of the state and party, 'Theatre and Dramaturgy' was providing points of view
in the beginning, like some of the current issues include reviews and photos of Meyerhold’s experimental works in his theatre. Only later the magazine will execute political order of the party, like criticizing same Meyerhold whose theatre and life ended during Stalin terror.