David Garrick

Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, Robert Leach, outlines the history, aims and practice of 18th-century actor and theatre manager David Garrick. Leach details significant performances in Garrick’s career and how his use of emotion on stage widely impacted audiences during some of the most influential years of the Enlightenment in Europe.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Eric Bentley at 100: on Brecht, theatre, politics and writing

This extensive and exclusive interview with Eric Bentley, conducted by Professor Anna Furse in 2015, is a unique insight into the life and work of one of Bertolt Brecht’s closest collaborators, shedding significant light on the enduring power of the work, the ideas and the politics of a remarkable moment in history.
Bentley & Brecht
Audio Production
(2015)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level Drama and Theatre

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level English Literature

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 20th century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | GCSE Drama

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | GCSE English Literature

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 20th century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Harley Granville Barker

Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, introduces Harley Granville Barker - one of the most influential practitioners who shaped the post-war British theatrical landscape. Chambers outlines the history, aims and practice of Granville’s life and works, detailing his role in changing how Shakespeare was and continues to be staged.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Irish Theatre

Professor at the National University of Ireland, Lionel Pilkington, offers an invaluable introduction to Irish Theatre. Referring to key playwrights and practitioners who have been instrumental in its development, such as Samuel Beckett, Pilkington provides an overview of the history, theory and practice of Irish Theatre, and emphasises its importance during a time of political and social unrest.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Jacques Lecoq

Rick Kemp, Professor of Acting and Directing at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, provides an overview of the life and work of renowned theatre practitioner, Jacques Lecoq. Famous for creating an approach that uses movement analysis, improvisation and collective creation to teach theatre, Lecoq’s work has, and continues to be, recognised and revered globally.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, introduces John Arden and Margaretta D’Arcy. Leach details their collaboration on a whole host of works considered to be alternative and daring, to the creation of Loose Theatre, which includes various methods and approaches, such as anarchistic discipline, Dionysian guerrilla strategies and collision montage.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Julie Taymor

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, outlines the history, aims and practice of the Tony Award-winning director, Julie Taymor. Detailing her work, including the extremely successful Broadway creation, The Lion King, Carlson affirms Taymor’s position as one of the most innovative American directors of theatre, opera and film.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Laboratory Theatre

Ben Spatz, Senior Lecturer of Drama, Theatre and Performance, and Artistic Director of the Urban Research Theater, explores the notion of theatre as a laboratory – a space for research and experimentation essential to the theatre-making process. Referring to renowned practitioners, Spatz provides an invaluable insight into laboratory theatre and how it continues to be provocative beyond the 20th century.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Michel Saint-Denis

Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, provides an overview of the life of Michel Saint-Denis, whose work and ideas on acting have influenced theatre practitioners around the world. Chambers details Saint-Denis’ involvement in establishing major theatre companies and studios, including the RSC studio in 1961, and outlines his aim to place the actor at the centre of the theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Peter Gill

Colin Chambers, Professor of Drama at Kingston University, presents Peter Gill, the internationally renowned Welsh playwright and director, whose work has influenced the development of British theatre throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Chambers outlines the history, aims and practice of Gill’s work and explores his role in creating and developing the Riverside Studio and the National Theatre Studio in London.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Realism

Aleks Sierz, theatre critic and Senior Research Fellow at Rose Bruford College, provides an outline the history, theory and practice of the term realism in a theatrical context. Referring to acclaimed practitioners, Sierz explores how credible characters, a plausible plot, and recognisably everyday language and settings are essential for representing reality on stage.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Ritual

Senior Lecturer of Drama, Theatre, and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, Ben Spatz, explores the various dimensions of ritual – ritual theatre and ritual in theatre – and their development throughout history. Referring to key practitioners, Spatz provides an overview of the theory and practice of ritual and its application to theatre and performance.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Shakespeare in your Space: Macbeth

This Digital Theatre+ guide, co-created with the Shakespeare Schools Festival, aims to introduce students to Shakespeare’s Macbeth using practical, drama-based exercises.
Practical Guide
(2012)

Shakespeare in your Space: Romeo and Juliet

This Digital Theatre+ guide aims to introduce students to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet using practical, drama-based exercises.
Practical Guide
(2016)

Suzan-Lori Parks

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist, screenwriter and musician, Suzan-Lori Parks. Carlson outlines Parks’ innovative work on dramatic structure, character and language, and how her plays address some of the most complex issues in modern American society. Contains strong language.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Tennessee Williams

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, introduces the multi-award winning American playwright Tennessee Williams. Detailing the successes of The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Madden explores how Williams' aims and methods have greatly impacted the narrative of American drama.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

The Stage Archive: Alison Gilby’s Macbeth on the Estate on BBC2

This review, written by Jane Garner, examines Alison Gilby’s Macbeth on the Estate, and how the transfer from lordly Scottish halls to a tough council estate is given sobriety through its inclusion of non-dramatically trained actors and perceptive direction.
The Stage
(1997)
Review

The Stage Archive: Alistair Barrie's Macbeth at the Duke of Cambridge

In this review, Alison Mercer praises the all-female production’s pared down approach to the text, considers the distinction between the representation of physical and psychological violence, and describes the production’s treatment of the famous banquet scene.
The Stage
(1996)
Review

The Stage Archive: Esme Beringer on Lady Macbeth

This piece, while not focused on any one particular production of the Scottish play, is no less important due to its insightful analysis of the character of Lady Macbeth. Authored by Esme Beringer, this critical reflection insists that Lady Macbeth is not the monster she is so often painted as.
The Stage
(1942)
Review

The Stage Archive: George Murcell's Macbeth at St. George’s Theatre

Focus is given to the character arcs of the central couple in this review from R.B. Marriott, in which Macbeth is said to transform from a man with a promising future to a “bloody menace” and Lady Macbeth is portrayed as a woman of “terrible individuality”.
The Stage
(1982)
Review

The Stage Archive: John Durnin's Macbeth at the Northcott Theatre

In this review, Allen Saddler praises the work of the actors, while honing in on the post-modern staging. The greatest effect, in his opinion, is the lighting of Chris Ward, that sees straight beams cut across the action, turning the stage into a cage.
The Stage
(1991)
Review