Caryl Churchill

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, introduces British playwright Caryl Churchill. Madden explores Churchill’s works in-depth and considers how her experimentation with language, the collaborative process with Joint Stock and the strong political and feminist content of her work has led her to become one of the greatest living dramatists in the UK.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Edward Albee

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, presents the history, aims and methods of the one of the greatest American dramatists, Edward Albee. Madden provides an in-depth analysis of Albee’s works, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and explores their concern with exposing the darkness, delusion and desperation that lie behind the façade of contemporary life.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Farce

Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, introduces farce – a form of comedy usually associated with physical action, exaggerated performance and crude language. Senelick explores the evolution of farce in the West from its origins in carnival to its influence on 19th-century vaudeville, and considers how it can be viewed as a revenge of instincts and impulses over ethical precepts.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Immersive Worlds: Designing Katie Mitchell's Theatre | Ben Fowler in conversation with Alex Eales

Scholar Ben Fowler and designer Alex Eales discuss Eales’ collaborations with Katie Mitchell, including his work on Cleansed, Happy Days and Night Train. Eales gives insight into the process of working on a production, including the designer’s role in working with a text and the detailed naturalism of his set and lighting design.
Interview
(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)

Mei Lanfang

Rose Whyman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, introduces Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Beijing (Peking) opera artists in Chinese theatre. Whyman explores the development of his work, from the use of visual and musical conventions in stylised movements to cross-gender performance and influences on Western theatre practitioners.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Noël Coward

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to British playwright, actor and director Noël Coward. Exploring some of Coward’s most popular works such as Private Lives and Hay Fever, Madden considers how he is often viewed as a pivotal figure in the narrative of 20th-century drama.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Pantomime

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an overview of British pantomime. Leach explores the form’s dramatic development, from the use of Commedia inspired characters and Harlequinade to the introduction of the Dame, and highlights how pantomime raises questions of gender, social stability and the problem of illusion and reality in theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Practical Workshop Guide | The History Boys

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
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | The Homecoming

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
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | Top Girls

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
(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)

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)

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)

Maria Irene Fornés

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the Cuban-American, avant-garde playwright Maria Irene Fornés. Carlson explores Fornés’ influential role in shaping the modern American playwriting culture, particularly with regards to training young female dramatists, and considers how her work is concerned with an emotional rather than a logical theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | A Streetcar Named Desire

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
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | As You Like It

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)

Practical Workshop Guide | Cloud 9

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)

Practical Workshop Guide | Much Ado About Nothing

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)

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: 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 Taming of the Shrew

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
(2016)

Antigone

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
(2016)

Antigone

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide