Drama Online - Playtexts


Below you will find the playtext collections to which an institution can subscribe on Drama Online. To see the collections you can access, please log in and visit the Browse Collections page.

Core Collection

Originally created by Bloomsbury Publishing and Faber and Faber, the Core Collection currently includes over 2,000 playtexts from Methuen Drama, The Arden Shakespeare, and Faber and Faber. The platform also includes 700 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum and American Shakespeare Centre.

From the works of Aeschylus in 5th Century BC to the present day, Drama Online provides unique access to the finest drama literature. Titles include the most highly regarded scholarly editions of Shakespeare —The Arden Shakespeare Series — as well as works from Henrik Ibsen, Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, Oscar Wilde, Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens, David Mamet, Katori Hall, Lucy Prebble, James Graham and Kwame Kwei-Armah. The collection is continually updated with the very latest writing from new and established writers.

Aurora Metro Books

With over 125 drama plays, including works from Robin Soans, Manjula Padmanabhan, and Germaine Greer, Aurora Metro Books has built a wide-ranging and highly contemporary list of new drama, with collections of women’s drama and drama by Black and Asian writers.

Currency Press: Australian Drama

This exciting collection offers 305 plays from Currency Press, Australia's leading publisher of the performing arts and its oldest, independently-owned, active publisher. Currency Press has published hundreds of titles across a rapidly expanding list of contemporary Australian writers, including indigenous playwrights, alongside genre plays of the colonial period and works from the first half of the twentieth century.

Nick Hern Books

Over 800 modern plays from specialist theatre publisher Nick Hern Books featuring pre-eminent playwrights including Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, Lucy Kirkwood, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPherson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Enda Walsh.

Oberon Books 1

From ground-breaking British plays to the best of international drama and plays in translation, this collection of 500 titles features a diverse gathering of canonical and contemporary drama.

Oberon Books 2

This second collection offers 402 titles including plays by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Howard Barker, Alfred Fagon, Phillip McMahon, Karen Zacarias and a wealth of stand-out plays by inspiring contemporary writers.

Playwrights Canada Press

The Playwrights Canada Press collection offers over 230 plays from notable and award-winning authors including Daniel MacIvor, Hannah Moscovitch, and Colleen Murphy. Plays in this collection have won prizes including the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the Windham-Campbell Prize and the Siminovitch Prize.

TCG Books Play Collection: American Drama

The TCG Books Play Collection offers 200 plays from TCG Books, the largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature in North America. TCG Books’ backlist consists of diverse voices in contemporary American theatre, including 18 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The collection is exclusive to Drama Online.