Aeschylus

Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, provides an introduction to Aeschylus – a playwright often referred to as the father of tragedy. Fortier explores the influence of Greek mythology on Aeschylus’s key works, draws on contemporary examples and critical theory, and considers the impact of Greek tragedy on theatre and performance throughout history.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Anton Chekhov

Rhonda Blair, Professor in the Division of Theatre at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, provides an overview of the life of Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov. Blair considers how Chekhov’s plays capture the complexity and richness of human experience, affirming his place as one of the most influential writers of European theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Ben Jonson

Independent Scholar, Tobin Nellhaus, provides an overview of Renaissance playwright Ben Jonson. Nellhaus explores how Jonson was deeply influenced by classical literature, aiming to absorb their values and styles to address societal issues of his time, and how he succeeded to raise the status of drama in 17th-century Britain through the publishing of his works. 
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Director's Notebook | Julius Caesar

Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience.
Director Notebooks
(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 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)

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)

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)

Katie Mitchell

Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham's Department of Drama and Theatre Arts Adam J. Ledger introduces the innovative and award-winning British theatre director Katie Mitchell. Exploring Mitchell’s experimental theatre methods, and the influence of psychology and the environment on her work, Ledger considers how her productions combine physical and emotional behaviour with theatrical imagery and inventiveness.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Katie Mitchell and the Politics of Naturalist Theatre | Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga in conversation

Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga explore the ethics and aesthetics within Katie Mitchell’s oeuvre. Solga considers the inherent feminist politics of Mitchell’s work, and Rebellato places it within the historical context of naturalism, leading to a detailed discussion of Sarah Kane’s radical naturalism and Mitchell’s production of Cleansed.
Interview
(2017)

Stages and Screens: Katie Mitchell’s Theatre Aesthetics | Janis Jefferies in conversation with Leo Warner

Janis Jefferies and designer Leo Warner explore Katie Mitchell’s experiments with ‘live cinema’ and work with non-linear narratives. Warner gives detailed insight into his work with Mitchell on Waves, including how the company moved from rehearsal room to stage and used cameras to bridge the divide between text and dramatic experience.
Interview
(2017)

Wilful Distraction: Katie Mitchell, Auteurism and the Canon | A lecture by Tom Cornford

Tom Cornford discusses Katie Mitchell’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Miss Julie and The Cherry Orchard, examining her innovative stagings and the critical response to them. Cornford unpacks the criticisms that she is a European-style auteur, and explores her scenographic distractions, and her radical interpretations highlighting issues of class, gender and power relations.
Lecture
(2017)

William Butler Yeats

Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, introduces poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, William Butler Yeats. Fortier provides an overview of Yeats’ history, aims and practice, detailing how his work was influenced by political issues, and emphasises the importance of his role in the development of Irish Theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Edward Bond

Michael Patterson, Emeritus Professor of Theatre at De Montfort University, Leicester, provides an introduction to British playwright Edward Bond. Patterson explores Bond’s well-known plays, such as Lear and Saved, and considers how the use of violence throughout his work has led to him becoming one of the most controversial and important dramatists of the 21st century. Contains adult content.
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)

Michel Saint-Denis

Emeritus 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, Emeritus 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)

Practical Workshop Guide | Frankenstein

The aim of this Digital Theatre+ Practical Workshop Guide is to deepen and enrich understanding of the play as a blueprint for performance, encouraging the student to approach the material using the investigative and interpretive methods of the actor, director or voice coach.
Practical Guide
(2016)

Rimini Protokoll

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, provides an overview of German theatre company, Rimini Protokoll. Carlson details the company’s interest in the exploration of everyday reality, and how in just two decades, Rimini Protokoll has become one of the most visible performance organisations in the world.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Robert Wilson

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, outlines the history, aims and methods of American theatre director Robert Wilson. Carlson explores how Wilson’s various collaborations have achieved international success, and how his experimental approach has placed him as one of the most innovative and influential theatre artists of the late 20th century.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

The Wooster Group

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, provides an overview of The Wooster Group. Considered one of the most important experimental theatre companies of late 20th-century America, Carlson explores the Group’s use of multimedia, lip-syncing and various other methods that challenge the performance traditions of mainstream American theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Harley Granville Barker

Emeritus 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)

The Stage Archive: Steven Berkoff's "Explorations in Macbeth and Hamlet"

This intriguing review of a Steven Berkoff Hamlet/Macbeth double-header compares the striking similarities between Macbeth’s rise to power with the rise of Hitler, through assassination and political manoeuvring.
The Stage
(1969)
Review

About the Production: Far from the Madding Crowd

How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Documentary
(2012)

Billy the Kid

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2012)