Now Published Online: Shakespeare’s Globe Archive – Theatres, Players & Performance

06 March 2019

The archival materials in this collection offer a comprehensive insight into Sam Wanamaker’s dream reconstruction of the original 1599 Globe Theatre, as well as detailing the way in which this unique space was constructed as part of a radical theatrical experiment through which to examine the plays of William Shakespeare and others. Over 300 productions from 1997-2016 are documented through prompt books, wardrobe notes, music, performance photographs, programmes, publicity and marketing material, research, and show reports, giving researchers unprecedented access to the history of Shakespeare’s Globe.

We’re thrilled to finally offer the global academic community the opportunity to access this vitally important performance archive online. Adam Matthew Digital is delighted to support the theatre’s mission of making Shakespeare accessible for all.

Khal Rudin, Managing Director of Adam Matthew Digital

Highlights within the archive include oral histories from prominent figures, such as Mark Rylance and Zoë Wanamaker, annotated scripts and stage plans within prompt books, and Front of House Show Reports detailing audience behaviour and response at thousands of performances.

Academic research is increasingly preoccupied with performance history and practice, so we’re delighted that the Globe’s important and exciting performance archive, showcasing our experimental theatre making over the last 20 years, can now be accessed by scholars and students around the world thanks to the work of Adam Matthew Digital.

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Higher Education and Research, Shakespeare’s Globe

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