Collection of dictionaries and other reference works on theater and dance from Oxford University Press.
Theater & Dance
Major Research Tools
Index of plays written from antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Searchable by title, author, subject, style, genre, cast type, and more.
Skillman's guide to print and electronic resources for reviews of performances of plays.
Other Suggested Research Tools
Web version of The Adelphi Theatre Calendar, ed. Alfred L. Nelson and Gilbert B. Cross (Greenwood Press, 1990- ). Provides cast lists and other performance information for plays, musicals, ballets, and other entertainments. Choose "History" to view commentaries, daily calendars, and summaries of each season. There are also indexes for management personnel, authors, titles, and performers. Note: This calendar is the first title in the series The London Stage, 1800- 1900.
Resource on French theater of the 17th and 18th centuries. Includes information on performances, reviews from the time period, images from playbills, title pages, etc., and some key reference works.
Catalog of over 3,000 plays published by Dramatists Play Service. Includes a plot summary for each play and a keyword search feature that can be used for locating plays dealing with certain issues or topics.
Information on the Russian modernist theater of the 1890s to the 1930s and the cultural milieu from which it grew. Includes production photos, set designs, costumes, and directors' sketches from the theater of Stanislavsky and Meyerhold; Chekhov; Mayakovsky and Bulgakov; Malevich and Tatlin; Stravinksy and Shostakovich. Searchable by production, designer, director, or artistic movement.
Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences
An index to plays in collections, anthologies, and periodicals searchable by author, title, and source. (Note that the call numbers in this index are not necessarily the call numbers used in the Lafayette Library's collection and that not all of these sources are in the Lafayette Library.)
Official archival database for Broadway theatre information from the League of American Theatres and Producers. Provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre to present. Includes playwright, opening night cast, theater, performance statistics.
Database of production details for new Irish plays produced since 1904. Scripts are sometimes available.
Searchable archive of literary texts and complementary reference resources.
New York Public Library's catalog "lists works about all forms of dance, from all cultures, in print and other media. It includes materials in many languages and serves as an index to an international range of dance periodicals." (Select Dance Research Collection from "Collection" drop-down menu. It's near the bottom of the list--not in alphabetical order.)
Searchable database of 16,000 objects representing archival materials on theater, dance and popular performance drawn from the extensive New York Public Library for the Performing Arts collection. Includes newspaper clippings, vocal scores, photographs, publicity posters, and lobby cards. Also includes excerpts from moving pictures and sound clips.
Broadway shows from the 1930s-
This online collection of records from Playbill purports to be the largets Broadway database on the Internet. Rich in photos, the site is searchable by People, Shows, Theatres, Awards, Seasons and Grosses.
Data about professional performers on tour in the provinces of England and Wales before 1642. Includes information about patrons, the performance venues, and the routes performers took across the kingdom.
Provides discographic information on commercially-released show music recordings from the late 19th century to the present.
Intended for people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different native and non-native English speakers, this site offers a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Sound clips and phonetic transcriptions are typically available. Useful for actors who need to learn an accent.
Index and full text of the Times Literary Supplement (London), an important source of reviews of books, plays, and films.