Talking About Theatre and Performance: a roundtable with Maddy Costa, Lyn Gardner and Lois Keidan

Lyn Gardner, one of the UK’s most established and esteemed critics, leads Lois Keidan of the Live Art Development Agency and theatre critic and blogger Maddy Costa in a fascinating discussion about the legacy and future of theatre reviewing.
Panel Discussion
(2017)

Teacher Toolkit | AQA English Literature

Digital Theatre+ Teacher Toolkits are bespoke resources designed by teachers for teachers. Tailored to each exam board, these toolkits allow immediate access to content available on DT+ for GCSE and A level set texts, and cover assessment tasks and focus areas for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Theatre.
Teacher Toolkit
(2017)

Teacher Toolkit | IB Diploma in Theatre 1

Digital Theatre+ Teacher Toolkits are bespoke resources designed by teachers for teachers. Tailored to each exam board, these toolkits allow immediate access to content available on DT+ for GCSE and A level set texts, and cover assessment tasks and focus areas for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Theatre.
Teacher Toolkit
(2017)

Teacher Toolkit | IB Diploma in Theatre 2

Digital Theatre+ Teacher Toolkits are bespoke resources designed by teachers for teachers. Tailored to each exam board, these toolkits allow immediate access to content available on DT+ for GCSE and A level set texts, and cover assessment tasks and focus areas for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Theatre.
Teacher Toolkit
(2017)

Teacher Toolkit | OCR English Literature

Digital Theatre+ Teacher Toolkits are bespoke resources designed by teachers for teachers. Tailored to each exam board, these toolkits allow immediate access to content available on DT+ for GCSE and A level set texts, and cover assessment tasks and focus areas for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Theatre.
Teacher Toolkit
(2017)

Teacher Toolkit | WJEC/Eduqas Drama and Theatre

Digital Theatre+ Teacher Toolkits are bespoke resources designed by teachers for teachers. Tailored to each exam board, these toolkits allow immediate access to content available on DT+ for GCSE and A level set texts, and cover assessment tasks and focus areas for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Theatre.
Teacher Toolkit
(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 Blue Bird: Annotated Notes

This Digital Theatre+ and Stage Russia HD resource, written by translator, critic and scholar of Russian theatre John Freedman, provides further insight into the various references made in Boris Yukhananov’s The Blue Bird trilogy.
Guide
(2017)

The Living Theatre

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the oldest experimental theatre group in the US, The Living Theatre. Carlson details how the company gained their reputation as a politically and socially engaged alternative theatre, and considers their continuous exploration of interaction with their audiences.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Theatre Alibi

Dorinda Hulton, Senior Research Fellow in Drama at the University of Exeter, explores the work of British company Theatre Alibi. Hulton considers the company’s unique storytelling style which incorporates a wide variety of art forms and considers how they create productions for all ages that experiment with both the fantastical and the real.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

This Island's Mine

This inspiring short film examines ‘The Hunter Heartbeat Method’ developed by Kelly Hunter, which uses games derived from Shakespeare’s poetic exploration of the mind, eyes, reason and love to release communicative blocks within children with autism.
Flute Theatre
(2015)
Documentary

Thomas Middleton

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an introduction to one of the leading Jacobean playwrights, Thomas Middleton. Leach explores how Middleton’s plays were significantly influenced by the reign of King James I in England, and highlights his collaborative work with other successful dramatists of the time, including William Shakespeare.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Tim Crouch

Catherine Love, freelance arts journalist, theatre critic and researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, introduces British playwright Tim Crouch. Love considers how Crouch’s continuous exploration throughout his work of the mechanics of theatrical representation, the art world, and the role of the audience has led him to become a key figure in contemporary British theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Tom Stoppard

Ed Madden, Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, introduces British playwright Tom Stoppard. Madden explores key themes in Stoppard’s plays, from the value of art to the inevitability of death, and emphasises his influence and importance as a dramatist renowned for intellectual playfulness and theatrical dazzle.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Tony Kushner

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the multi-award winning playwright Tony Kushner. Covering history, methods and aims, Carlson provides an overview of Kushner’s works, collaborations and political impact, affirming his place as one of the most prominent and honoured contemporary American playwrights.
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)

Theatre Reviewing & The Stage Archive

Freelance Theatre Critic and Arts Journalist, Matt Trueman, explores how the purpose of theatre reviewing has changed over time, with a particular focus on The Stage Archive reviews available on Digital Theatre+.
Essay
(2017)

Things I Know To Be True | A Comprehensive Guide

A note on the guide from Frantic Assembly's Artistic Director, Scott Graham: "I hope this pack offers access and insight into the creative process of myself and my collaborators. As ever with these packs my intention is to take you into the heart of this creative process and attempt to demystify it. It is important to know that inspiration comes from a throw away remark, a joke, a film, a song as much as it comes from endless chin scratching."
Frantic Assembly
(2016)
Study Guide

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: 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: Peter Hall's Macbeth at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

In this review, Eric Johns praises the pace and theatricality of Peter Hall’s RSC revival in Stratford-upon-Avon, focusing his analysis on the central performances, as well as noting the “blood red” that dominates the design.
The Stage
(1967)
Review

The Stage Archive: Shanghai Kunju's Macbeth at the Leith Theatre

This review, written by J.R.L. Reyner, considers whether Western audiences might miss the subtitles of gesture in this Kunju production of the Scottish play, and praises the music, acrobatics, and the ‘quite breathtaking’ performances of the three witches.
The Stage
(1987)
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: 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