There is an ever-expanding variety of web resources available to those working in some way on early modern theatre. This list will not be exhaustive, will share many features with others (not least Claire M. L. Bourne’s site, Clare Wright‘s site and REED’s links for new researchers). If you have suggestions, contact me


Anchora Adam G. Hooks; exploring the past, present, and future of early modern books and their readers

asidenotesEoin Prince; Renaissance drama: then, now & sometimes in between

The Bardathon Pete Kirwan reviews modern productions of (mostly) Shakespeare and

The Bookfish Steve Mentz; thalassology, Shakespeare and

Blogging ShakespeareHosted by Shakespeare Birthplace

The CollationResearch and exploration at the

Digital Shakespeares Erin Sullivan’s thoughts on Shakespeare and digital

dispositioHolger Schott Syme; mostly theatre, then and now, there and

Early English Drama & PerformanceClare Wright, Matthew Sergi, Tamara Haddad, Laura Rice; a network for scholars, students and


Henslowe as a Blog David Nicol; based around the records of Henslowe’s Diary

IlluminationsJohn Wyver, on early television, the RSC and

James Loxley’s Digital Footprint – blog covering various projects inlcuding on Shakespeare and Jonson

Not You WillRonan Hatfull; Thoughts & practical responses to Shakespeare’s relevance & accessibility in our time

¶ of pilcrowsClaire M. L. Bourne; text, performance,

Shakespeare Aloud – Bill Barclay, Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe

The Shakespeare blogSylvia Morris; In Shakespeare’s

Shakspermailing list and

Vade MecumAndrew S.

Wine Dark SeaJonathan Hope, Michael Witmore, et al.; drifting in a sea of texts and

Wynken de WordeSarah Werner; books, early modern culture, postmodern

Youtube ShakespeareStephen O’Neill; online video sharing, creation and circulation featuring Shakespeare and company –

Companies and performance-based projects

American Shakespeare Center – (YouTube Channel)

BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource – TV and radio recordings from BBC Shakespeare collection (NB UK education access only)

BBC Shakespeare 2016 On Tour BBC anniversary site

The Beaumont and Fletcher Project script-in-hand performances of the B&F

Dekkerthon 2016 – Marathon reading of Dekker’s works at the Shakespeare Institue –

The Dolphin’s BackRescuing forgotten plays & playwirghts, and bringing them back into contemporary performance

The Dutch CourtesanCollection essays and resources created around a production of John Marston’s masterpiece at the University of York

Early Drama at Oxford (EDOX) – interdisciplinary exploration of medieval and eraly modern drama at Oxford –

Edward’s BoysBoys’ company based at Shakespeare’s School, King Edward’s Stratford-upon-Avon, led by Perry Mills

Global Shakespeares MIT’s polyglot video collection

Original PronunciationDavid Crystal’s site –

Passion in Practice Ben Crystal’s company and ‘original practices’

Performing the Queen’s MenUniversity of Toronto and McMaster University project exploring the Queen’s Men company (1583-1603) –

Players Shakespeare – generate cue scripts –

Play the Knave motion capture Shakespeare

Poculi Ludique Societas – Toronto-based company working on medieval to mid-c16th drama –

Royal Shakespeare (YouTube Channel)

Shakespeare’s Globe (YouTube Channel)

Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court – project staging Sir David Lyndsay’s Satire of the Three Estates and Interlude at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle –

Staging the Henrician Court project staging John Heywood’s The Play of the Weather at Hampton Court Palace –

Stratford Shakespeare (YouTube Channel)

The Three Ladies of London Performance as Research in Early English Theatre Studies: The Three Ladies of London in Context

Touchstone the University of Birmingham’s list of current and upcoming productions of


Unless noted by *, online access is usually through institutional subscription.


*Borrowers and Lenders – The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation



*Early Modern Literary (for issues up to 2012) (for issues from 2013)

*Early Theatre (ET/REED) – last two years available by subscription only –

*The Hare An online journal of brief essays and untimely reviews in Renaissance literature –

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in

The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)

Medieval English Theatre (METh) – for listings of the contents of their published volume –

Notes and Queries

Renaissance Drama

*Renaissance Forum – NB last issue 2004 –

Renaissance Quarterly Journal of the Renaissance Society of

Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama (ROMARD) – NB not currently kept very up to

Shakespeare Journal of the British Shakespeare


Shakespeare Jahrbuch

Shakespeare Survey

Shakespeare Quarterly  and

Theatre Journal

Theatre Notebook

Libraries and archives

The Beinecke Library, Yale University

The Bodleian

The British Library

Cambridge University

COPAC search c.90 UK and Irish library

The Folger Shakespeare Library hosting the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, in Washington D.C. –

The Huntington Library

The National

Discovery (incorporating Access to Archives (A2A)) The National Archives’ online catalogues –

Play texts

The Complete Works of John Marston

Digital Renaissance Editions – subsidiary of ISE; editions of early English drama and related texts –

Early English Books Online (EEBO)digital facsimiles, subscription

Folger Digital Texts API generate custom Shakespeare texts using the Folger texts –

The Gorboduc Project events and discussions around Revels series

Internet Shakespeare Editions online edtions and contextual

Lost Plays Database lost plays

Queen’s Men Editionssubsidiary of ISE; editions of plays connected to the QM company –

Richard Brome Online The Complete Works of Richard Brome

The Thomas Nashe Project critical edition and surrounding work on Nashe’s

York, Chester and Townley Mystery Plays – medieval mystery cycles, hosted by Poculi Ludique Societas

Reference - dictionaries, palaeography etc

Anglo-Latin Wordbookcomplication of Latin vocab glossed in REED collections

Bodleian Library Images of Manuscripts c1000 images of manuscripts from 11th to 17th

COPIA English Handwriting 1500-1700
Univeristy of Cambridge online palaoegraphy course

Dave Postles’ Early Modern Palaeography – learning aids and resources –

Language of Shakespeare’s

Lexicons of Early Modern

The National Archives Tutorial online palaeography tutorial 1500-1800

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography(ODNB)

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

Scriptorium digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books

Texts, Manuscripts, and Palaeographya list of resources from the University of


BritGrad British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

British Shakespeare

Gloriana Society

International Shakespeare

The Malone

Renaissance Society of America

Shakespeare Association of

Society of Renaissance

Theatre history projects

Before Shakespeare – Project exploring the beginnings of London commercial theatre, 1565-1595  –

Biographical Index of English Drama before 1660 David Kathman’s complete annotated list of playwrights, actors, patrons, musicians, and miscellaneous

The Curtain Theatre – covering excavation of site, found 2011 –

Henslowe-Alleyn Digitization Project – the personal and professional papers of actor Edward Alleyn and his father-in-law, the impresario Philip Henslowe

The Holinshed Projectcovering one of the most important historical sources for early modern

The Early Modern Drama Database Tom Dale Keever’s online compendium

The London Stage, 1660-1800: a calendar of plays, entertainments & afterpieces, together with casts, box-receipts and contemporary comment (Part 1: 1660-1700)(via HathiTrust)

Map of Early Modern Londoninteractive 1561 Agas map, encyclopedia, gazetteer and

REED: Records of Early English Dramaevidence of drama, secular music and ceremony from the Middle Ages until

REED Projects:

Anglo-Latin Wordbooksee above

Early Modern London Theatres interactive database of London theatres, their documents and after-lives –

eREED – project to move REED collections to an online searchable platform

Patrons and Performances – professional performers outside London; patrons, play places and travel

REED Pre-Publication draft REED volumes in development

REED North EastREED project concentrating on NE England, based at Durham –

The Rose Playhouse – Bankside’s first Tudor theatre, inc. the Rose Revealed

Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) – the illustrated story of the playhouses, entrepreneurs, audiences, actors and dramatists that made up the early modern theatrical industry

The Theatre site exploring Shakespeare’s first theatre

Virtual Paul’s Cross Project experience St Paul’s churchyard and John Donne’s Sermon for Gunpowder Day 1622

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