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United Kingdom

British Performing Arts Yearbook
     Rhinegold Publishing Ltd, 241 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EH
     Tel: (+44)171 333 1721. Fax: 333 1736
     100730.3531@compuserve.com
     Extremely comprehensive directory covering London, England, Wales,
     Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Northern Ireland. Full technical &
     administrative details on over 1500 performing arts venues of all
     types & sizes; details of companies of dance & drama; orchestras &
     ensembles from classical to light classical music; performing arts
     festivals; support organisations; local authorities; arts councils;
     consultancies & trade firms (35 categories). Indices on type of
     performing arts venue, audience capacity, company category,
     companies within regional arts board area, etc. Venue information
     also contains brief history of building plus details of any
     church/concert or cinema-type organ (Wurlitzer, Compton, etc) in
     the building. 1998 edition out in January 1998.
Irish Performing Arts Yearbook
     Rhinegold Publishing Ltd. (See above)
     Covers Northern Ireland (repeat of section in British Performing
     Arts Yearbook) and the Republic of Ireland. Last edition 1996
     Now property of Derry & Sheena Barbour, 43, Cleveland Road, Barnes,
     London SW13 0AA. UK. Tel: (+44) 181 876 6093
     thespis@cix.compulink.co.uk
British & International Music Yearbook
     Rhinegold Publishing Ltd. (See above)
     Directory of venues, schools, orchestras, musicians, etc involved
     in the UK Classical Music scene.
British Theatre Directory
     Richmond House Publishing Company Ltd.
     9/11 Richmond Buildings, London W1V 5AF
     Tel: (+44) 171 437 9556. Fax: 287 3463
     Covers much of the same ground as the British Performing Arts
     Yearbook, but not in such detail.
The White Book
     The White Book, Bank House, 23 Warwick Road, Coventry, Warwickshire
     CV1 2EW
     Tel : (+44) 1203 559658. Fax : 252241
     Covers the Entertainment Industry in depth, but more on the
     variety, recording, and "pop" side than on serious Theatre. Venues,
     Trade Firms, Acts, etc - 30,000 listings in 400 categories.
McGillivray's Theatre Guide (formerly British Alternative Theatre
Directory)
     Someone else may be able to help with this - We have a 1994 guide,
     but there appears to be no record of the publishers still being in
     existence. The address of the last publishers (Rebecca Books) was
     in Brecon, North Wales in 1994.
     If still in existence, deals mainly with "fringe" venues &
     companies in the UK with a section on fringe venues in New York.
     Needs someone in the UK to check it out
     (According to the UCambridge library and the library of congress
     1994 is the most recent edition, so it's probably deceased. The
     ISBN is 0142-5218 if you need to find it. -- Steve)
Contacts - The Spotlight Casting Directory
     7 Leicester Place, (off Leicester Square), London WC2H 7BP
     Tel: (+44) 171 437 7631. Fax: 437 5881
     info@spotlightcd.com
     http://www.spotlightcd.com/
     Annual (October) directory giving basic contact details for
     Artists, Companies, Venues, Trade Firms, Managements, etc.

NOTE : There may be some Amateur Theatre Directories around, maybe
someone else can help with these.

Republic of Ireland

Irish Performing Arts Yearbook
     See entry under United Kingdom
Stagecast Directory
     Same as "Contacts" in the UK - now presumed defunct.
     Mainly photos of Actors/Actresses and various addresses.

Europe

PAYE (Performing Arts Yearbook for Europe)
     Arts Publishing International Ltd
     4 Assam Street, London E1 7QS
     Tel: (+44) 171 247 0066. Fax: 247 6868
     api@easynet.co.uk
     Covers ALL countries in Europe + Eastern Europe & Russia. Very
     sparse & basic details on some venues, festivals, arts
     organisations, companies, ministries of culture, etc.

Denmark

Teater i Danmark (Danish Theatre Yearbook)
     Dansk ITI, Vesterbrogade 26, 3, 1620 Copenhagen
     Tel : (+45) 3122 7500. Fax : 3124 0157
     Venues & productions.

Finland

Theatterialan Avain/Osoite
     ja Puhelinnumerohakemisto Teatterin Tiedotuskeskus Ry,
     Teatterikulma, Meritullinkatu 33, 00170 Helsinki
     Tel : (+358) 135 5550. Fax: 135 5522
     Theatre & Dance Contacts in Finland.

France

Annuaire du Spectacle
     Publications Mandel, BP 1219, 78202 Nantes la Jolie
     Tel: (+33) 1 3098 3210. Fax: 1 3098 3200
     Comprehensive listing of Organisations in the performing arts.
Book Technique du Spectacle
     58 Rue Servan, 75011 Paris
     Tel : (+33) 1 4700 1952. Fax : 1 4355 8194.
     Directory of Trade Firms supplying equipment for the performing
     arts.
Festivals et Expositions/Saison Culturelle
     Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, 3 Rue de Valois,
     75042 Paris
     Tel: (+33) 1 4015 8390. Fax: 1 4015 8552
     Directory of contacts , addresses, dates of Festivals & Exhibitions
     in France. "Guide Culturel d'Ete" covers the Summer months, "La
     Saison Culturel - Guide Culturel de l'Hiver" covers the Winter
     months.
Goliath
     c/o Hors les Murs, 74 Avenue Pablo Picasso, 92000 Nanterre
     Tel: (+33) 1 4669 9696. Fax: 1 4669 9698
     Biennial Directory covering Street Theatre companies, suppliers,
     agents, etc.

Germany

Deutsches Buhnen-Jahrbuch (German Stage Yearbook)
     Gennossenschaft Deutscher Angehoriger im Verlag der
     Buhnenschriften-Vetreibs-Gesellschaft, mbH, Postfach 130270, 20102
     Hamburg
     Tel: (+49) 40 445 185 / 443 870 Fax : 40 456 002
     Directory of German Theatres, Festivals, companies of drama, opera
     & dance.
Konzert Almanach
     Heel Verlag GmbH, Wintermuhlenhof, 53639 Konigswinter
     Tel: (+49) 2223 92300. Fax: 2223 923013
     Concert calendar plus seat plans of venues in Germany. Programme
     info on concerts in Austria & Switzerland.
Theateralmanach
     Edition Smidt, Wolfratshauser Strasse 55, 82049 Pullach im Isartal
     Tel: (+49) 89 793 8180 Fax: 89 793 8180
     Theatre directory for Austria, Germany & Switzerland.

Belgium

International Festival Guide
     European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts,
     Vlaams Theatre Institut, Sainctelettesquare 19, 1210 Bruxelles
     Tel: (+32) 2-201 0906 Fax: 2-209 0205
     vti@vti.gn.apc.org
     European festival listings on floppy disc.

Italy

Annuario Musicale Italiano (Italian Musical Yearbook)
     Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica (CIDIM), Via Vittoria Colonna
     18, 00193 Roma
     Tel: (+39) 6 6880 2402 / 2900 Fax : 6 687 4989
     Directory of the Italian Musical scene with info on lyric theatres,
     orchestras, ensembles, music festivals, etc. Available also on
     floppy disc or CD ROM.
Annuario EDT dell'Opera Lirica in Italia (EDT Yearbook of Lyric Opera in
Italy)
     EDT, Via Alfieri 19, 10121 Torino (Turin)
     Tel: (+39) 11 562 1496 Fax : 11 517 6091
     Listings of Lyric Theatres & Opera Houses, Companies,
     Choreographers, Opera Companies, etc.

The Netherlands (Holland)

Theaterjaarboek
     Theatre Institute Nederland, PO Box 19304, 1000 GH Amsterdam
     Tel: (+31) 20 623 5104 Fax: 20 620 0051
     Directory of Dutch companies, festivals, etc.

Norway

Pa Norske Scener
     De norske teatres forening, Pilestredet 15B, 0614 Oslo
     Tel: (+47) 2220 7200 Fax: 2220 7510
     Yearbook of Norwegian theatre companies, festivals, & TV/Radio
     drama.

Serbia

Godisnjak Jugoslovenskih Pozorista (Yugoslav Theatre Yearbook)
     Sterijino Pozorje, Zmaj-Jovina 22/1, 21000 Novi Sad (Vojvodina)
     Tel : (+381) ** NO further details **

Spain

Agenda Clave
     Avenida Gaudi 10, 2ffl 1ffl, 08025 Barcelona
     Tel: (+34) 3 347 5199 Fax: 3 456 1729
     Directory of the Spanish Music & Showbusiness Industry.
Anuario de Titeres y Marionetas (Puppet Yearbook)
     Centro de Documentacisn de Titeres de Bilbao, c/o Circo Amateur del
     Club Deportes N:.2, 48004 Bilbao
     Tel: (+34) 4 412 7451 Fax: 4 424 2550
     Covering venues, festivals, companies etc involved in Puppetry.
Guia Teatral De Espaqa (Spanish Theatre Guide)
     Centro de Documentacisn Teatral, Capitan Haya 44, 28020 Madrid
     Tel: (+34) 1 572 3311/12/13/14 Fax : 1 570 5199
     Bi-annual guide to theatres, companies, festivals, services, etc.
     in Spain.
Recursos Musicales en Espaqa (Musical Resources in Spain)
     Centro de Documentacisn Musical, Insituto Nacional de las Artes
     Escenicas y de la Musica, Torregalindo 10, 28016 Madrid
     Tel: (+34) 1 350 8600 Fax: 1 359 1579
     Directory of Orchestras, Choirs, Ensembles, Festivals, etc for the
     Spanish musical scene.

Switzerland

Schweizer Musik-Handbuch (Swiss Music Guide)
     Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, Tramstrasse 71, 8050 Zurich
     Tel: (+41) 1 311 6633 Fax: 1 311 6644
     Directory of Orchestras, Festivals, Agents, Jazz Groups, etc in
     Switzerland.

United States

The Book of the Road (1975)
     Warner Bros. Records Inc., 3701 Warner Boulevard, Burbank,
     California 91505
     Directory of large scale venues in 50 US towns mainly aimed at the
     Rock & Pop scene - technical specifications, etc.
     ??Possibly out of date and no longer published ??

South Africa

Contacts/Kontakte
     Limelight Publications, 69 Ferero Avenue, Randpark Ridge Ext 18, PO
     Box 760, 2156 Johannesburg
     Tel: (+27) 11 793 7231/2 Fax : 11 792 2679
     Directory for the Theatre, Television & Film Industry. Venues,
     Companies, Trade Firms, etc in South Africa, Namibia & Zimbabwe.

Miscellaneous

Theatrewords
     available though ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians),
     47 Bermonsey Square, London SE1 3XT. UK
     Tel : (+44) 171 403 3778 Fax : 378 6170
     And through USITT (United States Insitute of Theater Technology),
     10 West 19th Street, Suite 5a, New York, NY 10011
     Tel: (+1) 212 924 9088
     Technical Theatrical Terms in 9 Languages. The Languages are :
     English, French, German, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese
     (written & phonetic) - possibly American as well.
     "Theatrewords" is a publication giving the most common technical
     theatrical terms as an aide to touring companies & technicians. The
     sections are : Stage; Workshop; Electrics (Lighting); Sound;
     Wardrobe; Wigs; Administration and Basic numbers. Maybe Norwegian &
     Danish are covered by the Swedish Section, and Portuguese by the
     Spanish Section. I understand Russian was also meant to be included
     - but they failed to get their act together.........
     Also available from Carla Lancaster, Book Bazzar, 42 Sydney Street,
     London SW3 6PS. UK. Tel: (+44) 171 352 6810 Fax: 351 5728
     Abroad, National Associations of Theatre Technicians should be able
     to get hold of or stock the publication through their office of
     OISTAT (International Organisation of Sceneographers, Theatre
     Architects & Technicians).
Curtains!!! Or, A New Life For Old Theatres (1982 Edition)
     c/o The Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HR
     Tel: (+44) 171 836 8591 Fax: 836 3302
     Complete Gazeteer of all the surviving pre-1914 Theatres & Music
     Halls in the UK. Lists whether demolished, derelict, or still in
     use. The Theatres Trust are in the process of collating information
     to include Theatres, etc built AFTER 1914 for another edition
     possibly by 1999.

Thanks to thespis (Derry & Sheena Barbour)

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