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Drama Online Wins Innovation Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that Drama Online was selected as one of ten recipients of this prestigious award from The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. The awards celebrate the very best in innovation by companies adapting to technological, economic and social changes in the publishing industry. 

In addition to recognising excellence in the evolving and dynamic world of publishing, the awards are designed to share best practice across the communications and content industries.

The judges praised Drama Online as:

  “An innovative collaborative approach responding to the challenge of online retailing. A successful business migration following blockbuster success.”

Drama Online was nominated in the Digital Media and Publishing category. The award ceremony took place on Monday 30 June at Stationers' Hall, London. This is the inaugural year for the awards.

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L.A. Theatre Works Audio Collection to join Drama Online

We are thrilled to announce that L.A. Theatre Works will be joining Drama Online with a new audio collection launching in May 2015. The addition of 300+ audio files of recorded plays will add another dimension to the 1,000+ play texts on the platform, allowing students to engage with the plays as performed as well as read.

L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission for nearly 40 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. Their unique hybrid form of audio theatre and innovative use of technology in the production and dissemination of theatre keeps this venerable art form thriving, assuring wide and affordable access.

The LATW Audio Theatre Collection of more than 300 recorded plays is the largest library of its kind in the world. Titles by Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde and Sophocles rub shoulders with contemporary classics by David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, and Tom Stoppard as well as newer voices, including Jon Robin Baitz, Kenneth Lonergan, Rebecca Gilman, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Julie Marie Myatt, and Lydia Diamond. L.A. Theatre Works' audio productions have received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Writers Guild of America, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Audio Publishers Association, among others.

Responding to increasing demand for a high quality online research tool for drama and literature students, professors and teachers, Drama Online was launched in March 2013 featuring content from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare and Faber and Faber. It currently contains over 1,000 plays in a fully cross-searchable format which allows students to interact with Character Grids and Part Books, as well as search for plays via cast size and monologues via gender. From January 2015 the collection will grow significantly to accommodate new content partner, Nick Hern Books. Drama Online is used in leading higher education institutions around the world including Yale, Juilliard, Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin, RADA and NIDA, has been nominated for several publishing awards and was Highly Commended by the Associated of Learned and Professional Society Publishers for publishing innovation.

Susan Loewenberg, Producing Director of LATW says, “We are truly excited about this new partnership which will provide an invaluable learning tool. Adding our audio works to the Drama Online library will enhance understanding of these plays and allow students to fully experience their emotional impact –as they hear characters interact and gain full appreciation for the nuances that performances add to the words written on the page.”

Jenny Ridout, Editorial Director for Drama Online at Bloomsbury says “L.A. Theatre Works provides an unrivalled collection of audio recordings of key canonical and contemporary works by leading playwrights performed by prominent actors. It adds real depth and dynamism to the resource. We are delighted to be working with such a high quality content partner, especially one that is so focused on educational needs."

LATW audio content will made available through Drama Online from May 2015 as streamed audio files, easily discoverable through specialist indexing and advanced search, as well as linked to other related texts and scholarly works in the site. Pricing, technical information and a title list will be available later on this year.

For more information about subscriptions, trials and pricing get in touch with your local Drama Online sales representative:

Press contacts:

Shereen Muhyeddeen - Drama Online Marketing Manager:
Lucy Pollak - LATW: +1 (818) 887-1499 (for media only)

Nick Hern Books to join Drama Online

We are delighted to announce a new content partner for the Drama Online platform: Nick Hern Books.

Nick Hern Books is a leading theatre publisher and performing rights agent, with over a thousand plays and theatre books in print. Founded in June 1988 as an imprint of Walker Books, with full independence following in 1993, the company has established an enviable list of plays by some of the foremost playwrights of our times, including Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright. More recent additions to the list include plays by Mike Bartlett, Alecky Blythe, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Vivienne Franzmann, debbie tucker green, Ella Hickson, Lucy Kirkwood, Bruce Norris, Nina Raine, Jack Thorne and Tom Wells.

NHB also publishes many classic plays in modern translations by leading dramatists including Richard Eyre, Kenneth McLeish, Stephen Mulrine and Mike Poulton, alongside definitive editions of the works of Terence Rattigan and Eugene O'Neill.

'Drama Online rises magnificently to the challenges and opportunities of the digital age, and we're delighted to join forces with Bloomsbury and Faber and Faber in making the very best dramatic writing available online and on demand around the world.'  Matt Applewhite, Managing Director, Nick Hern Books

'From its very beginnings twenty-five years ago, Nick Hern Books has set out to publish the best new playwriting to reach the stage. Now the pick of our list of one thousand titles will be available through Drama Online.'  Nick Hern, Founder and Publisher

‘We are delighted to have the Nick Hern Books list join Drama Online. It will add a strong and significant body of playwriting talent to an already large and impressive collection. Jenny Ridout, Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Drama.


Responding to increasing demand for a high-quality online research tool for drama and literature students, professors and teachers, Drama Online was launched in March 2013 featuring content from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare and Faber and Faber. It currently contains over 1,000 plays in a fully cross-searchable format which allows students to interact with Character Grids and Part Books, as well as search for plays via cast size and monologues via gender.

'A ground-breaking digital resource that makes available a vast library of plays and reference works while offering bespoke features tailored to the needs of individual students and researchers. Drama Online blazes the trail for a new era of digital theatre publishing'.  Dr Chris Megson, Royal Holloway, University of London


Content from the Nick Hern Books list will be available in Drama Online from January 2015.

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Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award

We are pleased to announce that Drama Online has been shortlisted for the Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award, IPG Independent Publishing Awards2014.

The IPG judges praised Drama Online for its excellent design and usability. They also saw evidence of strong early sales and positive feedback: I would have loved this when I was a student. It goes way beyond text to include a heap of content, and is avery creative use of technology.”

Supporting independent publishing for 50 years, the IPG represents a wide range of publishers of every size and currently has a membership of 560 companies.

The 13 winners of the IPG Independent Publishing Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner during the IPG’s Annual Conference on Thursday 27 February 2014.

Drama Online "Highly Commended" at the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers Awards for Publishing Innovation

The ALPSP announced their Annual Awards on 12 September, with Drama Online scooping the "Highly Commended" gong for Publishing Innovation.

Other nominees included Altmetric, figshare, Nature ENCODE and PeerJ, with PeerJ taking the overall award. Prior to the announcement, the Chair of the judging panel, David Sommer, observed: 'The quality and volume of entries this year is high, and while it was difficult to narrow them down, we feel the shortlist represents some of the most exciting projects reflecting the very best of the industry.'

Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive of ALPSP added: ‘The Awards demonstrate how ALPSP members are continually innovating to respond to the needs of the research community.'

Jenny Ridout, the Head of Drama Publishing at Bloomsbury collected the award on behalf of Drama Online. Her blog on Drama Online, written in the run up to the awards ceremony describes how Drama Online was born out of an effort 'to get under the skin of how our texts are used as study materials and to develop an enabling tool to help our audiences achieve their goals: to study, to perform, to succeed in their exams, or simply to read and absorb.'

More about the ALPSP awards

Drama Online offers a window into the V&A's incredible archive of production photographs.

18th Feb 2013

We are delighted to announce that Drama Online's digital library will include over 500 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum's vast theatre and performance archives. The archives contain more than a million photographs ranging from the 1840s right up to the present.

Shedding light on changes in scenography, costume design and performance styles, the images in Drama Online offer users the opportunity to see the same work in numerous productions, to trace the working lives of actors through their roles and to appreciate the ways in which theatre photography has evolved. The long exposure times and stiff postures of the 19th century are replaced by beautifully composed studio shots by Houston Rogers in the 1930s. These are replaced in turn by Douglas H. Jeffery's reportage style from the late 1950s onward when new, lighter cameras and films with faster exposure times allowed photographers to snatch grainy close-ups, capturing movement and emotion rather than poise and control.

Jeffery was a prolific and dedicated photographer attending multiple calls in the space of a day, so his archive presents an extraordinarily rich overview of post-war theatre. He was one of the first photographers to persuade theatres to allow him access to rehearsals and his archive shows that he was present at many landmark productions of the twentieth century: Edward Bond's Saved at the Royal Court; Howard Brenton's The Romans in Britain at the National Theatre, Harrison Birtwhistle's Mask of Orpheus at the London Coliseum, the experimental work at Riverside Studios, and the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon and in London.

Drama Online will also feature the work of Graham Brandon who attends photocalls on behalf of the museum. Brandon's beautifully composed pictures shot on digital cameras capture the physicality and grace of modern performers in the moment. They bring a sense of vitality back to photocalls which are now rigorously choreographed and becoming increasingly rare as directors and companies choose to invite one photographer to capture their work rather than the travelling, quarrelling packs of photographers moving from call to call that began in the 1960s.

Drama Online to make Brecht's dramatic works available electronically for the first time

10 July 2012

We are delighted to announce that Drama Online's digital library will include the work of perhaps the greatest playwright of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht. This is the first time that Brecht's plays will be available online.

In the same way that Drama Online will hold multiple translations of works by authors such as Chekhov and Ibsen, classics texts by Brecht can be browsed and studied in more than one translation. For example Mother Courage and Her Children will be available in translations by John Willett and Michael Hoffman, and versions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle will be available by Alistair Beaton and a translation by James Stern, Tania Stern and W. H. Auden.

Alongside Brecht's most-studied and performed works, such as Life of GalileoThe Threepenny Opera and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, lesser-known plays from all eight Brecht World Classics play collection volumes will be available, including the Lehrstücke (learning plays).

Additionally, Drama Online will bring together many of the crucial essays that illustrate the development of his aesthetic and the breadth of his interests. Brecht on TheatreBrecht on Film and RadioBrecht on Art and Politics, and the Journals will together provide an unrivaled corpus of Brecht's writings on theatre, culture and theory. This fully searchable collection offers the work of one of the twentieth century's leading cultural theorists within the click of a mouse.

'This is a hugely welcome addition to the available digital resources on drama and theatre theory. To be able to search and compare major translations of one of the greatest of all dramatists will open up whole new paths of enquiry for scholars, students and theatre practitioners.' Tom Kuhn, Oxford University

'Access to Drama Online makes available Brecht's works in English translation on a completely new and welcome platform. Students and researchers now can search for words, concepts, and phrases across the texts and annotations, while theatre people can compare translations of the major plays with a digital click.' Marc Silberman, University of Wisconsin

Bloomsbury and Faber and Faber Limited announce Drama Online

26 May 2011

Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, and Faber and Faber Limited are pleased to announce a new partnership to develop a digital content platform for libraries, educators, students and researchers to be sold via subscription and perpetual access to academic institutions.

Drama Online is the ultimate online resource for plays, critical analysis and performance. Featuring the pre-eminent drama and reference titles from the Methuen Drama, The Arden Shakespeare and Faber lists, Drama Online will offer unique functionality for studying theatre and access to a complete digital library of the most studied, performed and critically acclaimed plays from the last two and a half thousand years.

Nigel Newton, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing described the resource as 'A very exciting and truly unique way of providing access to the finest drama literature. Many iconic works in this collection have never been made available digitally before and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Faber.'

Stephen Page, Chief Executive and Publisher of Faber and Faber noted: 'This partnership between two independent publishers will make available a unique and extraordinary resource for the study of drama and we are delighted to be working closely with Bloomsbury to develop it over the coming years.'