Major Research Tools

Digital Theatre Plus

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

Drama Online


Digital collection of play scripts "from Aeschylus to the present day." Plays can be searched by criteria such as theme, genre, setting, and cast size. Includes streaming versions of performances from Shakespeare's Globe and National Theatre.

Eighteenth Century Drama


Collection of almost every play submitted for license between 1737 and 1824, plus documents that provide social context for the plays. Includes the London Stage Database, 1660-1800 and the companion Biographical Dictionary of Actors, etc.

Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy

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.

Play Index


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.

Sources for Theater Reviews


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

Other Suggested Research Tools

Adelphi Theatre, 1806-1900: A Calendar of Performances

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. Provided by Grenoble Alps University.

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

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.)

Dramatists Play Service: The PlayFinder


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.

Early Twentieth-Century Russian Drama

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.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


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.)

International Medieval Bibliography


Multidisciplinary bibliography indexing journal articles and "miscellany volumes" (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) covering medieval studies in disciplines ranging from history to languages to art and music.

Internet Broadway Database


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.

Metropolitan Opera - MetOpera Database


Information on all performances of the Metropolitan Opera from it's opening in 1883 to the present.

Full-Text, Gateway

A history of musical theater.

New Oxford Shakespeare Online


Combines the Oxford Modern Critical Editions, Critical Reference Editions, and Authorship Companions for all of Shakespeare's works, including sonnets and other verse. Each work is accompanied by extensive notes and critical commentary, and can be read in the original or modern spelling.

NYPL Dance Division


Archive devoted to the documentation of "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."

Performing Arts in America 1875-1923


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

Playbill Vault

Index, Visual Resource

Broadway shows from the 1930s-

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

Playography Ireland


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

REED (Records of Early English Drama) Online

Data on drama, secular music, and other popular entertainment in England from the Middle Ages until 1642. Includes information about patrons, the performance venues, and the routes performers took across the kingdom.

Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Coverage: 1663-1975

Over 1,000 prompt books demonstrating the ways in which different theatrical companies across the centuries have interpreted and directed productions of Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare Survey Online



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

Show Music on Record


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

Speech Accent Archive

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.

Swank Digital Campus

Visual Resource

Streaming access to major motion pictures for educational purposes only. This link will allow instructors to request films for classes (login required) and allow all other users to access those films that have been licensed.

TLS Historical Archive

Full-Text, Index
Coverage: 1902-2014

Index and full text of the Times Literary Supplement (London), an important source of reviews of books, plays, and films.

Victorian Popular Culture

Coverage: 1779 - 1930

Collection of images, posters, playbills, books, objects, and ephemera (e.g. pamphlets, handbills) documenting popular entertainment in the Victorian era. Divided into 4 modules: spiritualism/magic; circuses; theater/music halls; and cinema.

Yiddish Sheet Music


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.