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Subject: Theatre databases

Theatre research guide

Theatre titles

  • Alt-PressWatch   

    Alternative press indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles from independent publishers. On the ProQuest platform.

  • American Drama 1714–1915   

    Collection of over 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth.

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index   

    Arts and humanities indexing database covering journal articles and citation information back to 1975. Part of Web of Science on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Arts & Humanities Database   

    The contents reflect the full interdisciplinarity of contemporary study in the arts and humanities, covering art, design, crafts, and photography; archaeology, anthropology, and classical studies; architecture, interior design, and urban planning; history, philosophy, geography, and religion; modern languages and literatures; and music, theatre, film, and cultural studies.

  • Asian American Drama   

    Searchable theatre database that includes scripts, scrapbooks and reference materials. Part of the Alexander Street Drama package. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Asian Film Online: Volumes I and II   

    Asian Film Online offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of the independent Asian filmmaker. Through a selection of over 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries and shorts curated by film scholars and critics, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights onto themes relevant across Asia, including modernity, globalization, female agency, social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity.

  • Black Drama, Second Edition   

    Searchable theatre database that includes scripts, scrapbooks and reference materials. Part of the Alexander Street Drama package. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive   

    Caribbean Studies in Video presents more than 1,000 hours of edited and unedited footage from the Banyan Production company, the first Caribbean enterprise to produce original TV content in the 1970s. Available for the first time in streaming format, their programs are filled with interviews of key personalities across disciplines; theater, music and dance performances; documentaries on rituals and cultural practices; political events and much more.

  • Contemporary World Drama   

    Collection of plays by established and up-and-coming playwrights from around the world. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • Digital Theatre Plus   

    Collection of videos documenting theatrical productions, operas, and other performances.

  • Dissertations & Theses   

    Multidisciplinary indexing/full-text database that indexes world-wide dissertations and theses back to 1861; full-text back to 1997. Includes UW theses. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage   

    Eighteenth Century Drama features the John Larpent Collection from the Huntington Library – a unique archive of almost every play submitted for license between 1737 and 1824. There are over 2500 plays which make up the majority of the collection. Also included are the diaries of Larpent’s wife and professional collaborator Anna, recording her criticisms of plays, as well as insights into theatrical culture and English society. Hundreds of further documents include playbills, theatre records, correspondence, theatrical addresses, artwork, biographical documents, diaries, epilogues, financial and legal documents, miscellany, objects, playbills, prologues, scrapbooks, songs, illustrations, portraits, and posters.

  • English Drama   

    English literature full-text database that includes plays from late 13th century to early 20th century. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Fine Arts (Gale OneFile)   

    The Fine Arts & Music Collection includes 10.4 million articles on drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. More than 250 journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) index are available in full text.

  • JSTOR (Journal Storage Archive)   

    Multidisciplinary eJournal platform that provides complete back runs of journals in the following licensed collections: Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII, Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Current Scholarship and Early Journal Content. On the JSTOR platform.

  • Medici.tv   

    medici.tv’s library features over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including: concerts and archived historical concerts; operas; ballets; documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs; and master classes.

  • Music Periodicals Database   

    Music indexing/full-text database that covers journal articles back to 1874. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Musical Theater Songs   

    MusicalTheaterSongs.com lets you enter up to 20-plus parameters (voice type, character age, range, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, etc.) to generate a list of songs tailored to your needs from an ever-growing database. MusicalTheaterSongs.com draws from 150 years of musical theater repertoire, ranging from well-known standards to rare finds to help you find the right songs quickly and easily.

  • Naxos Video Library   

    Performing arts video-streaming database that covers classical music performances, opera, ballet, concerts (including popular or rock music) and documentaries. On the Naxos platform.

  • North American Indian Drama   

    Searchable theatre database that includes scripts, scrapbooks and reference materials. Part of the Alexander Street Drama package. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • North American Theatre   

    Searchable theatre database that includes scripts, scrapbooks and reference materials. Part of the Alexander Street Drama package. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • North American Women's Drama   

    Searchable theatre database that includes scripts, scrapbooks and reference materials. Part of the Alexander Street Drama package. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Oxford Reference   

    Multidisciplinary reference database that combines sources in archaeology, art, bilingual dictionaries, classical studies, English, history, law, linguistics, literature, media studies, medicine, music, performing arts, philosophy, quotations, religion, science and technology and social sciences. On the Oxford platform. Simultaneous user limit of 5.

  • Performance Design Archive   

    Performance Design Archive Online is an international collection that covers all aspects of theater production design, from the 17th century through to the present day.

  • Project Muse   

    Multidisciplinary ejournal and ebook platform that provides full-text of library-licensed journals and ebooks. On its own platform.

  • 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.

  • Shakespeare's Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance   

    Collection of primary documents relating to performance practice at the reconstructed Globe Theatre, including prompt books, wardrobe notes, programs, publicity material, annual reports, show reports, photographs and architectural plans. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Theatre in Context Collection   

    Collection of reference works, encyclopedias, images, flyers, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks, and other resources relating to the history of theater. Includes O’Dell’s Annals of the New York Stage, the Oxford University Press Companion series, and Greenwood’s American Theatre Companies series. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • Theatre in Video, Volume 1   

    Database containing videos of 250 plays and 100 film documentaries. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Theatre In Video: Volume 2   

    Theatre in Video: Volume II brings together classic and contemporary plays and documentaries. The collection has a greater focus on contemporary and international productions. Users can view the works of widely studied playwrights and theatre artists from around the globe, including many new performances from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre collection (Opus Arte), Theatre Arts Films, the BBC, and TMW Media Group.

  • Twentieth Century North American Drama   

    Searchable theatre database that includes scripts, scrapbooks and reference materials. Part of the Alexander Street Drama package. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Twentieth-Century Drama   

    English language full-text database that includes published plays from 1890s to present. Part of Literature Online (LION) and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Victorian Popular Culture   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces British and American works. Modules include: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment; and Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Vogue Archive   

    Fashion full-text magazine that includes all issues back to 1892. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Women's Wear Daily   

    The Women's Wear Daily Archive allows users to explore trends and influences on the fashion and beauty industry through the years. It contains the full run of past print issues and supplements and will be updated biannually with more recent issues.


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