Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection on Drama Online: Trial access

Trial access is now available to the Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection on Drama Online.

Access the trial on campus here or off campus here

The trial is active now and runs until 31 May 2018.  Please send your feedback to:

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. The RSC produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.

In 2013 the company began live screenings of its Shakespeare productions, captured in The RSC Live Collection. In 2016-17 the company collaborated with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios to stage The Tempest, bringing performance capture to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for the very first time.

The Hollow Crown

The University of Cambridge now has access to The Hollow Crown, filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges , on the Drama Online platform.

The first series of The Hollow Crown brings together Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play.

In Series 2, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of ‘The Wars of the Roses’, an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge, these exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and powerful language.

The series was executive produced by Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris under Neal Street Productions in association with NBC Universal.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses – Gloucester (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Margaret (SOPHIE OKONEDO), Richard III (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Cecily (JUDI DENCH), Henry VI (TOM STURRIDGE) © BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd/Robert Viglasky

New Oxford Shakespeare

The University of Cambridge now has access to the New Oxford Shakespeare online.

Access the New Oxford Shakespeare at this link.

Now in October 2016 the text of the plays in this edition is available online from the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online platform.  To follow in December 2016 will be the Critical Reference Edition and the Authorship Companion.  To keep up-to-date sign up to the OSEO news feed.

In the Shakespeare 400th-anniversary year, The New Oxford Shakespeare presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare’s works, edited from first principles from the base-texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship.

The New Oxford Shakespeare addresses ‘the great variety of readers’–students, scholars, actors, writers, artists–in multiple formats, at multiple levels. It combines the best of previous scholarship with twenty-first century tools to find better solutions to old problems.”
–Gary Taylor, General Editor

2 Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov as the young lovers in Prokofiev’s ballet (1935), choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev (1977), in the English National Ballet production at the Coliseum (2011). Photo by Annabel Moeller.


BBC Shakespeare Archive login

Users of the BBC Shakespeare Archive can now login via Shibboleth.

Access to this resource was formerly via username and password supplied by the English Faculty Library or by ejournals@cambridge.

We’re pleased to inform this is no longer necessary.  Instead users can select University of Cambridge from the list of institutions and proceed to secure authentication via Raven.

Note the Login button only appears when you select a film, tv episode, etc. to view.  The original post on this item is here.

Any questions please get in touch by writing to


Good morrow, Benedick.   Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

Much Ado, Act 5, Scene 4


BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource

Now available via educational username/password access: BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource

The BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource contains hundreds of TV and radio programmes from the BBC’s Shakespeare collection, as well as more than a thousand photos from classic Shakespeare productions.

The programmes on this site are only available for streamed playback in an educational setting, such as in a classroom, lecture theatre or for academic research

To access the programmes contact the English Faculty Library to obtain the username and password which has been granted to us by the BBC for educational use.

Search and find Shakespeare programmes at the website:

Click on the “Log in” button below the message: “To view this media, you need to authenticate yourself as being part of a formal educational institution in the UK. Find out more”

Use the username and password to login.

As a back-up, the username and password can also be obtained by writing to



Digital Theatre Plus

The University of Cambridge now has access to the e-resource Digital Theatre Plus.

Digital Theatre Plus captures the moments before the curtain rises and after the curtain falls, providing valuable insight into the play making process. We share the hidden drama of the weeks, days, and hours before ‘lights up’ on stage. By revealing the world of the rehearsal room, dressing room, backstage and beyond, our documentaries and interviews introduce theatre as a vibrant, exciting art form through a familiar and accessible medium.

On 13th November Digital Theatre Plus launched a collection of full-length productions from Shakespeare’s Globe. The first title in the collection is ‘Romeo and Juliet (directed by Dominic Dromgoole and starring Ellie Kendrick and Adetomiwa Edun as the title characters, seen in the image above). The next productions to be added to the collection will be ‘As You Like It‘ and ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’.

Other Collections that are available are: Gran Treatre del Liceu, Royal Opera House, Broadway Digital Archive and National Jewish Theater.

MacbethThe resource allows to you watch key scenes and speeches, and full productions, in high-definition, as well as providing detailed study guides that give information on the story, characters, context and people behind the productions. The study guides are written by

There are also filmed interviews with producers, directors, writers and more giving an insight into what goes in to getting a production to the stage and careers in the theatre.

Why not try the e-resource out? A film version of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’ will be released in cinemas on 25th December. Digital Theatre Plus offers you a full performance of ‘Into the Woods’ recorded at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre so you can watch the fairytale characters go into the woods each time they head offstage. There are detailed guides on the music, lyrics and book of Sondheim’s ‘classic’ musical.

Or maybe you would like to know what Doctor Who and his assistant would look like performing Shakespeare? Digital Theatre Plus has the full performance of the 2011 West End production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ starring David Tennant as Benedick and Catherine Tate as Beatrice. Here’s a snippet from the Evening Standard review of this production:

Once a sparky double act in Doctor Who, David Tennant and Catherine Tate are reunited here in an effervescent interpretation of this pacy, sexy Shakespeare comedy.

Their chemistry is vibrant, and as the habitually bickering Beatrice and Benedick they spar with a lovely zing.

Director Josie Rourke, who next year takes over at the Donmar Warehouse, demonstrates her increasing aptitude for working with large casts and hallowed texts. Set in the Eighties at a naval base in Gibraltar, her production of this play about rumour, honour and deception ripples with originality.

Digital Theatre Plus is available via this link on or off campus and can be accessed also from the eresources@cambridge pages.


Note: this resource may initially identify you as being part of Edinburgh University. This is being looked into and is just a labelling issue as you will have been identified as being a part of the University of Cambridge via your Raven login.