Primary Sources for Theater

The Library provides networked access to many more full-text, primary source databases than can be listed here. Others may be located through the Library Catalog and Databases, which contains an alphabetical list of online resources related to Linguistics, Language and Literature. NOTE: Also check the Periodical Databases tab (above) for resources covering periodical articles from the 19th century and earlier.

National Theatre Collection

The CU Library has expanded its collection of streaming theater performances with the addition of the National Theatre Collection. Drawing on 10 years of National Theatre Live broadcasts as well as recordings never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive, the video content includes 30 performances in this initial release. As a supplement to the filmed productions, exclusive digitized archival materials such as photographs, scripts, costume designs, and more will be available to provide behind-the-scenes background and contextual information. The collection features NTC performances of Medea, Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antigone, and other contemporary productions of canonical plays.

Digital Theatre+

The Cornell community can now view streaming high-definition performances of contemporary British drama on Digital Theatre+. DT+ provides online access to a digital streaming video collection of unique films of current, leading British theatre productions. It includes behind-the-scenes documentaries as well as teaching and learning resources to facilitate a deeper understanding of the productions and texts. Learning resources include a detailed introduction, plot summary, character biographies, a relationship map, language analysis, scene study, performance background and historical context for each play.

Theater in Video!

Theatre in Video

This database contains performances of the world’s leading plays and film documentaries on the subject of theater in streaming video. Some plays presented in multiple productions exemplifying various interpretations of the text, and technical and cultural differences among the presentations. Stage work of directors and actors are cross-searchable and available for side-by-side comparison. Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along with excerpts of live performances, illustrate the development of texts and the productions.