Theater & Dance

Major Research Tools

Visual resource

Streaming collection of major drama and theater resources including all 37 of the BBC Shakespeare Plays, A History of Great Playwrights, and Hollywood's Greatest Directors. All titles feature closed captioning.

Streaming video of British theater productions plus supplementary study and teaching materials.


Digital collection of play scripts "from Aeschylus to the present day." Plays can be searched by a variety of criteria, including theme, genre, setting, and cast size. Also includes Globe on Screen, streaming versions of performances from Shakespeare's Globe.

Full-text, Reference

Reference work covering all facets of the distinct form of dramatic theater that flourished in ancient Greece and reached its apex in Athens of the 5th century BCE.

Full-text, Reference

Collection of dictionaries and other reference works on theater and dance from Oxford University Press.


Index of plays written from antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Searchable by title, author, subject, style, genre, cast type, and more.


Skillman's guide to print and electronic resources for reviews of performances of plays.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Web version of The Adelphi Theatre Calendar, ed. Alfred L. Nelson and Gilbert B. Cross (Greenwood Press, 1990- ). Provides cast lists and other performance information for plays, musicals, ballets, and other entertainments. Note: This calendar is the first title in the series The London Stage, 1800- 1900.


Resource on French theater of the 17th and 18th centuries. Includes information on performances, reviews from the time period, images from playbills, title pages, and some key reference works.

Search engine for playbooks produced in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the beginning of printing through 1660. Includes information about the original playbooks, their title-pages, paratextual matter, advertising features, bibliographic details, and theatrical backgrounds. (For the full text of the playbooks, see Early English Books Online.


Catalog of over 3,000 plays published by Dramatists Play Service. Includes a plot summary for each play and a keyword search feature that can be used for locating plays dealing with certain issues or topics.

Full-text, Gateway

Information on the Russian modernist theater of the 1890s to the 1930s and the cultural milieu from which it grew. Includes production photos, set designs, costumes, and directors' sketches from the theater of Stanislavsky and Meyerhold; Chekhov; Mayakovsky and Bulgakov; Malevich and Tatlin; Stravinksy and Shostakovich. Searchable by production, designer, director, or artistic movement.


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.


An index to plays in collections, anthologies, and periodicals searchable by author, title, and source. (Note that the call numbers in this index are not necessarily the call numbers used in the Lafayette Library's collection and that not all of these sources are in the Lafayette Library.)


Official archival database for Broadway theatre information from the League of American Theatres and Producers. Provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre to present. Includes playwright, opening night cast, theater, performance statistics.


Database of production details for new Irish plays produced since 1904. Scripts are sometimes available. From the Irish Theatre Institute.


Searchable archive of literary texts and complementary reference resources.


New York Public Library's catalog "lists works about all forms of dance, from all cultures, in print and other media. It includes materials in many languages and serves as an index to an international range of dance periodicals." (Select Dance Research Collection from "Collection" drop-down menu. It's near the bottom of the list--not in alphabetical order.)


Searchable database of 16,000 objects representing archival materials on theater, dance and popular performance drawn from the extensive New York Public Library for the Performing Arts collection. Includes newspaper clippings, vocal scores, photographs, publicity posters, and lobby cards. Also includes excerpts from moving pictures and sound clips.

Broadway shows from the 1930s-

This online collection of records from Playbill purports to be the largets Broadway database on the Internet.  Rich in photos, the site is searchable by People, Shows, Theatres, Awards, Seasons and Grosses.

Data about professional performers on tour in the provinces of England and Wales before 1642. Includes information about patrons, the performance venues, and the routes performers took across the kingdom.



Online collection of scholarly essays in Shakespeare studies and production. This resource is fully searchable across volumes or can be browsed by theme, volume, author, etc


Provides discographic information on commercially-released show music recordings from the late 19th century to the present.

Data, Reference

Intended for people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different native and non-native English speakers, this site offers a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Sound clips and phonetic transcriptions are typically available. Useful for actors who need to learn an accent.

Full-text, Index

Coverage: 1902-2009

Index and full text of the Times Literary Supplement (London), an important source of reviews of books, plays, and films. To search three English news databases at once, use the Gale NewsVault. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times of London Digital Archive, Eighteenth Century Collections Online Vols. I & II, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Artemis Primary Sources search interface.


A collection of public-domain scores from the John Hay Library of Brown University focusing on Yiddish-language music for the stage.  Also includes art songs, folk songs, and sacred music in Yiddish and Hebrew.