The Hungarian National Opera in Budapest, which announced that it had to cancel 15 performances of the musical Billy Elliot following a homophobic press campaign. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

The Hungarian state opera has scrapped some performances of the musical Billy Elliot following claims from pro-government media that it was “gay propa(...)

Arpad Schilling, acclaimed Hungarian theatre director, has been deemed a threat to national security for his civic activism and anti-government protests. Photograph: Kretakor Foundation

For German playwright Bertolt Brecht, whose works include The Threepenny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a theatre ticket was not an invitation (...)