This section of the site is very much a work-in-progress. Have a link you’d like me to add? Just let me know.
early english drama resources
A fantastic podcast about early drama (and specifically the Towneley Second Shepherds’ Play) produced by the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Photos from modern productions of early drama by the Poculi Ludique Societas in Toronto.
Info on early drama from Prof. Gloria Betcher at Iowa State.
A useful collection of links to sites about early drama.
York Plays route simulator: curious about how processional staging really worked in medieval York? Check out this site (you’ll need Java for it to work). I recommend setting the simulator to one of its slowest settings so that you can really follow the progress.
Records of Early English Drama: provides useful context for performances of medieval drama. You can also see e-texts of their volumes here.
Discover Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Open Source Shakespeare: if you need to check a reference or use a concordance, this is a great place to do so.
Take a Virtual tour of the recreated Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, Virginia.
A Video History of the Globe Theatre (by The Kennedy Center):
HistoryWorld’s Theatre History
Scott Robinson’s Theatre History page: an overview of lots of useful info (not just British)
Blocking Basics: not sure how to stage your performance project? Start here!
It’s always difficult to study drama based on a printed script alone. But even if you can’t see a full-scale production of the plays you’re studying, there are lots of great video clips on the net that can give you a taste of what these plays feel like in performance.
To see a few favorite performance clips, please check out this playlist on my YouTube Channel.
For a sneak peek, enjoy this clip from the 1997 BBC documentary series Conjuring Shakespeare (unfortunately, not available on DVD):