The UC Berkeley community now has access to new content through our subscription to Drama Online. Drama Online is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The new resources include:
- Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen (2016-2018): Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018) is composed of streaming productions from the theatre’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons.
- The Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection: Recordings of live screenings of 12 productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.
- Shakespeare’s Heroes & Villains: A 1.5 hour streaming production featuring actor Steven Berkoff’s mediations on and performances of excerpts from Shakespeare’s heroes and villains.
- Critical Studies & Performance Practice
- Aurora Metro Books
- Playwrights Canada Press
- Physical Actor Training (PATAZ) Videos
This strengthens existing content in Drama Online, including:
- 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
- Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1
- Early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use (Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal).
- BBC Drama Films
For more of recent library acquisitions, see our posts on Underground and Independent Comic, Comix, and Graphic Novels and OverDrive.
by Taylor Follett
Fall semester is always a time of fresh beginnings — new classes, new faces, and most excitingly for those of us at the library, access to new resources. We hope that the following new databases, books, journals, and much more will be of value to those studying literature. Here are some highlights for undergraduates, graduate students, and professors alike.
The library certainly has no shortage of copies of the bard’s plays, but there is something to be said for seeing Shakespeare’s work as it was meant to be seen—performed. Alas, performances of Shakespeare tend to be difficult to attend on a regular basis. However, the UC Berkeley Libraries just gained access to the entirety of the BBC Television Shakespeare Streaming Series. The series includes performances of 37 separate plays, originally adapted for television and broadcast between 1978 and 1985 in the UK. Now, you can access them from the comfort of your couch. Whether you’re a casual fan or a lifelong scholar of Shakespeare, you’ll be grateful for your library proxy as you settle in to watch actors such as John Cleese and Helen Mirren work their—and Shakespeare’s—magic. Get started here.
Access to this resource was made possible through English department faculty Ida Mae and William J. Eggers Chair in English, Professor Jeffrey Knapp and James D. Hart Chair in English, Professor James Turner. Thank you!
Grab your notes, your copy of the play, or maybe just some popcorn and enjoy some of the greatest work in the English language.
The Library has a trial of the database Shakespeare in Performance, ending October 5, 2016.
Shakespeare in Performance showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.
Please send your feedback to email@example.com.
*Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.