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Shakespeare Studies: Shakespeare in Performance

A guide for students and professors interested in the study of Shakespeare's life and works

Finding Shakespeare in NYC, the US, and around the World

The websites for Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre are a rich source of information, not only on their current productions, but past productions as well.  Some of the sites, particularly the Education pages, include video clips, interviews with performers and directors, and photographs of past/current productions.  Be sure to explore the websites fully!


Finding Reviews

Global Shakespeares Video and Performance Archive

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 idea that Shakespeare is a global author has taken many forms since the building of the Globe playhouse. Our work honors the fact and demonstrates the diversity of the world-wide reception and production of Shakespeare’s plays in ways that we hope will nourish the remarkable array of new forms of cultural exchange that the digital age has made possible. Global Shakespeares is a participatory multi-centric networked model that offers wide access to international performances that are changing how we understand Shakespeare’s plays and the world.


Macbeth w/ Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Macbeth releases on DVD in March.  Elizabeth DebickiSean HarrisDavid ThewlisJack Reynor, and Paddy Considine also star.  I can't wait!

New Resource - Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Shakespeare in Performance showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

Finding Theatre Reviews in print

  • Theatre Record. 1981 to date. Bi-weekly. Titled London Theatre Record from 1981 to 1990.
    Bobst REFl PN2596.L6L66 (1981 on microfiche in Microforms Center--MF5)
  • New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. 1958 to 1996. Weekly. Titled National Theatre Critics' Reviews from 1995 to 1996.
    Bobst REF1 PN1601.N4 (1940-1957 on microfilm in Microform Center, LL2--titled Critics' Theatre Reviews from 1940 to 1942) 
  • New York Times Theater Reviews. 1870 to 2000. Published every two years
    Bobst REFl PN1581.N38 - N42n
    Electronic Access available via Historical New York Times, 1851 to three years previous

Theatre News and Reviews