Drama Online

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

From ‘Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead’ by Tom Stoppard.

Following a success trial period we would like to announce that access to Drama Online has been acquired for members of the University of Cambridge. Drama Online is an award-winning resource aimed at literature, theatre and drama students.

Drama OnlineThe collection includes scripts to for over 1200 plays, including plays by Henrik Ibsen, Noel Coward, Aeschylus, Yasmina Reza, Tom Stoppard, Sue Townsend and Bertolt Brecht. The scripts can be viewed online, searched by Act or by keyword or printed.

The plays can be found by searching for the title, by genre, by period or by playwright. Each playwright has a biography and a list on plays available to view.


This video gives a quick overview of the resource:

Drama Online

Trial access is available now until 28 June 2015 to the Drama Online resource.

Drama Online can be accessed on and off campus via this link.

Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.

Please send your feedback to eat21@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.


Then, if you love your wife, or rather dote on her, sir, oh, how she’ll torture you and take pleasure i’ your torments! You shall lie with her but when she lists; she will not hurt
her beauty, her complexion; or it must be for that jewel or that pearl when she does; every half hour’s pleasure must be bought anew, and with the same pain and charge you
wooed her at first. Then you must keep what servants she please, what company she will; that friend must not visit you without her license; and him she loves most she will
seem to hate eagerliest, to decline your jealousy; or feign to be jealous of you first, and for that cause go live with her she-friend or cousin at the college, that can instruct her in
all the mysteries of writing letters, corrupting servants, taming spies; where she must have that rich gown for such a great day, a new one for the next, a richer for the third; be served in silver; have the chamber filled with a succession of grooms, footmen, ushers, and other messengers, besides embroiderers, jewellers, tire-women, sempsters, feathermen, perfumers; while she feels not how the land drops away, nor the acres melt, nor foresees the change when the mercer has your woods for her velvets; never weighs what her pride costs, sir, so she may kiss a page or a smooth chin that has the despair of a beard; be a states
, know all the news; what was done at Salisbury, what at the Bath, what at court, what in progress; or so she may censure poets and authors and styles, and compare

’em, Daniel with Spenser, Jonson with the tother youth, and so forth; or be thought cunning in controversies or the very knots of divinity, and have often in her mouth the state of the question, and then skip to the mathematics and demonstration, and answer in religion to one, in state to another, in bawdry to a third.

Oh, oh!

All this is very true, sir. And then her going in disguise to that conjuror and this cunning woman, where the first question is, how soon you shall die? next, if her present servant love her? next that, if she shall have a new servant? and how many? which of her family would make the best bawd, male or female? what precedence she shall have by her next match? And sets down the answers, and believes ‘em above the scriptures. Nay, perhaps she’ll study the art.

Gentle sir, ha’ you done? Ha’ you had your pleasure o’ me?
I’ll think of these things.

yes, sir; and then comes reeking home of vapour and sweat with going afoot, and lies in a month of a new face, all oil and birdlime, and rises in asses’ milk, and is cleansed with a new fucus. God b’ w’ you, sir. One thing more, which I had almost forgot. This too, with whom you are to marry may have made a conveyance of her virginity aforehand, as
your wise widows do of their states, before they marry, in trust to some friend, sir. Who can tell? Or if she have not done it yet, she may do, upon the wedding day, or the night
before, and antedate you cuckold. The like has been heard of in nature. ‘Tis no devised, impossible thing, sir. God b’ w’ you. I’ll be bold to leave this rope with you, sir, for a
remembrance.—Farewell, Mute.



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.