The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare's theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.
The American Shakespeare Center—through its performances, theatres, exhibitions, and educational programs—seeks to make Shakespeare, the joys of theatre and language, and the communal experience of the Renaissance stage accessible to all. By re-creating Renaissance conditions of performance, the ASC explores its repertory of plays for a better understanding of these great works and of the human theatrical enterprise past, present, and future.
The Arden Shakespeare has set the highest standard in Shakespeare editions since the First Series was launched in 1899. The Third Series was launched in 1995 and completed in 2020 to meet the changing needs of students, scholars, and theatre practitioners, who want a richer understanding of Shakespeare's work. Third Series editions focus on the play as a performance as well as literary text and provide a student-friendly, modernized version of the text with full, explanatory commentaries on every page and substantial critical introductions.
Aurora Metro Books is an independent publisher of fiction, non-fiction, YA fiction, and drama which was established by Cheryl Robson over 25 years ago. Based in Richmond-upon-Thames, near London, the company initiated the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2009, in honour of Virginia Woolf, who lived for ten years in the same area that the office is based.
With a growing list of high-quality adult fiction, featuring both new and established novelists, the company has published select international authors and work in translation from around 20 languages. Aurora Metro Books has built a wide-ranging and highly contemporary list of new drama including collections of women’s drama, international drama, and drama by Black and Asian writers.
BBC Drama Films and Documentaries offer stunning film adaptations of classic and contemporary plays from Sophocles and Shakespeare, to Oscar Wilde, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Bernard Shaw, and contemporary writers, Michael Frayn and Joe Penhall. From stage to screen, star-studded casts and award-winning productions translate the words on the page to engaging films perfect for the classroom.
Classic Spring is the new theatre company from Dominic Dromgoole, recent Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The company intends to celebrate the ground-breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture they wrote for. It aims to rediscover the original brilliant wit and bold social critique of our proscenium playwrights within the theatres they loved.
The Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville in October 2018 was the first offering from Classic Spring, Dominic Dromgoole’s new theatre company, founded as he left Shakespeare's Globe. The season revolved around Wilde’s four great Victorian plays, which shocked and redefined British theatre when first performed, and still resonate today.
The Donmar Warehouse is a not-for-profit London theatre that has won more than 100 awards in its 27-year history. Through their work on and offstage, they aim to create a more cohesive, functional, and creative society by broadening horizons, inspiring empathy, and offering outstanding entertainment. They develop new artists and future audiences through their renowned training programmes and activities with schools and communities.
The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy began in 2012 with an all-female production of Julius Caesar led by Dame Harriet Walter and set in a women’s prison. Two further productions followed in the same setting: Henry IV in 2014 and The Tempest in 2016, all featuring a diverse company of women. The Trilogy enthralled theatre audiences in London and New York and was shared with women and girls in prisons and schools across the UK.
Faber and Faber is one of the great independent publishing houses. The company was established in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber, who recruited T. S. Eliot to the firm that year. They set the precedent for more than eighty years of literary excellence. Faber's celebrated reputation for contemporary drama was seeded in 1956, a year that saw the premiere of John Osborne's theatrical bombshell Look Back in Anger and the publication of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Tom Stoppard joined the ranks in the sixties, and in the decades that followed many other brilliant dramatists have found their home here, including Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett, Brian Friel, David Hare, Frank McGuinness, and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
The legacy continues with an exciting list of younger playwrights. Faber believes that great plays make great literature. With a unique heritage, including plays by three Nobel Laureates, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, and T. S. Eliot, and a thriving frontlist, the company remains a true pioneer of drama in the modern age.
L.A. Theatre Works' collection of audio 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, Yasmina Reza, 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, and Audio Publishers Association, among others.
World-class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling, and sound-rich audio plays. L.A. Theatre Work’s distinguished company of actors has included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, John Lithgow, Annette Benning, Hilary Swank, Anne Heche, Ed Asner, Alfred Molina, Marsha Mason, Jason Ritter, David Straithairn, Jobeth Williams, Paul Giamatti, Neil Patrick Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, and Julie Harris, among hundreds of others.
Methuen Drama has held a unique place in literary history for more than a century, publishing landmark works of dramatic literature that remain fresh, vital, and relevant decades after their theatrical debut. Methuen Drama began in 1889 when Sir Algernon Methuen published among his earliest titles, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The list quickly expanded and introduced important new work with the notable translation of Jean Anouilh's Antigone, based on Sophocles' original Greek tragedy and first produced in occupied France in 1944.
Methuen Drama brought the influential work of Bertolt Brecht into the English language and published iconic literature from Bernard Shaw, to Arthur Miller, Caryl Churchill, Willy Russell, Mark Ravenhill, and Michael Frayn. Acquired by literary independent Bloomsbury Publishing in 2006 and with Arden Shakespeare added to the portfolio in 2009, today Methuen Drama is an energetic, innovative, and global drama publisher with a thriving frontlist, carefully selecting the finest contemporary playwrights, scholarly works, performance, and backstage guides.
The National Theatre make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging, and inspiring – and they make it for everyone. They stage up to 20 productions at three theatres in London each year, ranging from reimagined classics to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theatre-makers. The work they make strives to be as inclusive, diverse, and accessible as possible, playing in London, on tour across the UK, on Broadway, and around the world. The National Theatre reaches 7 million people worldwide each year through live, broadcast, and digital programmes including NT Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries.
The National Theatre’s UK-wide learning and participation activity supports young people and schools, through theatre-making and craft programmes, and touring directly into schools. They work with 1,500 artists each year, and partner with a range of UK and international theatre companies.
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.
Founded in 1985 by James Hogan, Oberon Books was one of the most exciting imprints specialising in drama and the performing arts for some 35 years. It was acquired by Bloomsbury in late 2019 and has a backlist of 1500+ books including some of the best of British theatre since the 1940s, diverse European and world theatre in translation, classics from the world's leading dramatists, and a wide range of publications covering the theatre, opera, dance, biography, performance studies, monologues, practical guides and fiction. Oberon had a reputation for publishing some of the most challenging contemporary drama, bringing into print plays from the London stages of the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court, the Tricycle, Traverse, Soho, major regional theatres, and fringe theatres, not forgetting the West End and Broadway.
PATAZ: Physical Actor Training is an online A-Z which was created by Paul Allain and Frank Camilleri with filmmakers Peter Hulton and Stacie Lee Bennett. They have established a foundation for physical training exercises through over 60 dynamic videos with accompanying audio commentary, reflection, and texts for today’s physical actor, teacher, and trainer. Using innovative camera work and editing processes, each film explores a term from the A-Z, ranging from specific skills like Grounding and Balance to more abstract concepts like Energy or Craft.
Playwrights Canada Press is a publisher of new plays, theatre history, criticism, and biography. Through this they endeavour to raise the profile of Canadian theatre and theatre practitioners, promote dramatic literature, and contribute to the Canadian theatrical canon. Playwrights Canada Press strives to publish diverse and engaging Canadian plays and dramatic criticism of literary merit.
Created in 1984 as an imprint of the professional association of Canadian playwrights, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Press was separately incorporated from the Guild in 2000 and is a standalone independent publishing company. They now publish roughly thirty books of plays, theatre history, and criticism each year.
The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. They produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers. Everyone at the RSC – from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians – plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. All their productions begin life at their Stratford workshops and theatres and are brought to the widest possible audience through touring, residencies, live broadcasts, and online activity.
In 2013 the company began live screenings of its Shakespeare productions, captured here in The RSC Live Collection. In 2016-17 the company collaborated with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios to stage The Tempest, bringing performance capture to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for the very first time.
Founded by the American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world. Inspired by two beautiful, iconic theatres, the Globe's diverse programme of work harnesses the power of performance and excites learning to make his work accessible to all.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition & Tour, and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance. Shakespeare's Globe welcomes visitors from all over the world to view productions, take part in workshops, lectures and staged readings alongside an ever expanding programme of public events, school, and university courses.
Globe Theatre stage productions are recorded live on the Globe stage in high definition and surround sound. The films feature critically acclaimed performances from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV.
Stage on Screen is dedicated to capturing the experience of watching live theatre and making it widely available to students and teachers alike. Productions are filmed using 16:9 high definition video and 5:1 surround sound and are recorded in front of a live audience at The Greenwich Theatre, London. The plays are directed, designed, and performed by talented and experienced theatre professionals with lists of credits from major companies such as The National Theatre, The Globe, and the RSC, and from the worlds of film and television.
Located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the Stratford Festival is the largest classical repertory theatre company in North America. Each season, they present a dozen or more productions in different venues. The company produces classics, contemporary dramas and musicals, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare.
Over the decades, the Festival has attracted some of the world’s most celebrated actors, including Alan Bates, Zoe Caldwell, Paul Scofield, Maggie Smith and Peter Ustinov, and became a long-time home for such artists as Brian Bedford, Brent Carver, Colm Feore, Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette, to name just a few.
The V&A holds the world's greatest collection of theatre and performance materials. Objects include stage designs, video recordings, photographs, legal documents, diaries, prints, programmes, newspaper cuttings, archives, books, manuscripts, music sheets, letters, ceramics, puppets, props, instruments, and costumes. The department of Theatre & Performance documents the history and practice of all the live performing arts in the UK including drama, dance, musical theatre, puppetry, circus, music-hall, and rock and pop.