The London Stage Database is the latest in a long line of projects that aim to capture and present the rich array of information available on the theatrical culture of London, from the reopening of the public playhouses following the English civil wars in 1660 to the end of the eighteenth century. On a given night, in each of the city’s playhouses, hundreds or even thousands of spectators gathered to experience richly varied performance events that included not only plays, but prologues and epilogues, short afterpieces and farces, pantomimes, instrumental music, singing, and dancing. These events, taken together, provide a wealth of information about the rhythms of public life and the texture of popular culture in long-eighteenth-century London.
The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field. The archive is a work in progress and currently includes a catalogue of over 300 productions.
Professional performers of all kinds in England and Wales toured to provincial towns, monasteries and private residences before 1642. The Records of Early English Drama (REED) project is discovering fresh evidence about medieval and renaissance entertainment for publication in volumes for all English, Scottish and Welsh counties. The REED Patrons and Performances Web Site is designed to include a wide range of data about professional performers on tour in the provinces – their patrons, the performance venues they used and the routes they took across the kingdom.
Early Modern London Theatres is a research database and educational resource that lets you see what direct use has been made, over the last four centuries, of pre-1642 documents related to professional performance in purpose-built theatres and other permanent structures in the London area. It is not a comprehensive collection of those pre-1642 documents; rather, it charts the copies (or “transcriptions”) which were subsequently made of them.
This is a collaborative online resource for teaching Othello, including readings, activities and assignments, self-grading quizzes, discussion forum, and links for sharing assignments with classmates and faculty around the world. The goal is to link professors and students from very different areas of our too-divided world, and also very different kinds of selective and open admissions institutions in conversation about race, difference, migration, sex, gender, domestic violence, and Othello.
The Lost Plays Database is a wiki-style forum for scholars to share information about lost plays in England, 1570-1642. Its purpose is to add lost plays to scholarly discussions of early modern theatrical activity.
An annotated, parallel-text edition of Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, which was at once the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography and the most important single source for contemporary playwrights and poets, above all Shakespeare, Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton.
This resource examines similarities between 17th-century England and classical Rome, including primary-source documents from the Newberry Library collection.
Historical and literary context for The Tempest and Utopias, including primary-source documents from the Newberry Library collection.
Digital Collections for the Classroom: Marriage and Family in Shakespeare’s England
Source documents and background information showing the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays respond to changes in the understanding and organization of family during the English Renaissance.