An award-winning digital library of over 2,500 playtexts, 400 audio plays and 260 hours of video

An award-winning digital library of over 2,500 playtexts, 400 audio plays and 260 hours of video from leading theater publishers and companies offering a complete multimedia experience of theater.

Divided into nine affordable collections, each available on a standalone basis as a separate subscription, all presented within the Drama Online user interface which offers specially developed functionality to support teaching and learning.

See full details on what each Drama Online collection contains here.



“The school has a thriving drama department, with ties to LAMDA and frequent trips to the West End. We were the first school to sign up for a trial through JCS and the Drama department love it. We now subscribe to the Core Collection and the Nick Hern Collection of plays.” Terri McCargar, Librarian, Latymer Upper School

We used Drama Online to access plays when our Year 12s were choosing a monologue or duologue for their unit 2 exam. They all have iPads so it was really easy to use in lessons. It’s also a good resource for choosing plays for extra-curricular drama, such as the Year 9-10 play.Vickie Bedford, Assistant Director of Drama, Latymer Upper School

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single sign-on, Username and Password

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available when you log in to your admin account. You will find statistics by clicking on the ‘subscriber services’ on the Drama Online homepage.

Promotional materials and downloads

Find posters, flyers, email templates, web banners, and other promotional and library resources here.

Download specific promotional materials for: Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen collection, Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018) collection, new Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villains (part of the Playtext Collection), and the Royal Shakespeare Company Live collection.


Can I print out and save any content from Drama Online?

You can print out and save content according to the page view you are on. Before doing so however, please be aware that copyright restrictions apply as described by their legal terms and conditions. It is important that you read these terms and conditions before using Drama Online. By using the Website, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them.

Can we download the videos?

No, unfortunately you can not download the videos.

Do the videos have closed captioning?

All videos on Drama Online include closed captioning and a searchable, scrolling transcript player.

Can we use the playtexts for productions?

If you are keen to apply for amateur performance rights to any of the plays you’ll need to approach the performance rights holder. Use the Drama Online Production Enquiry feature on the play Overview page to find the correct contact information for this.

What is the difference between Log In and Sign In?

Log In is for logging into the site via your institution. If your institution has IP recognition you will be logged in automatically.

Sign In is a personal login which allows you to use the bookmarking, note-taking and save search features.

Do the play texts resemble the print version?

Page numbers and lineation echo the print version of the work. To view these you simply need to hold your mouse over the text and they will appear.

What citation tools does Drama Online have?

The site supports the Chicago and MLA format. Click on the Citation icon to download in RIS format.

What content is included in Drama Online and what is in each subscription collection?

Drama Online contains many hundreds of plays from the very earliest Greek works right up to the present day. In addition, there are background and contextual works on playwrights, theatre movements, genres, practitioners and periods, as well as scholarly monographs, major reference works, dictionary content, practical books on acting and stage craft, and over five hundred theatre production stills from the Victoria and Albert Museum Performance collection.

For title lists per collection have a look at the Content List.

What are Play Tools?

Play Tools include a Character Grid to help you view where characters appear and with whom they interact in the play. Selecting a character or multiple characters will highlight their interactions only.

How do I make a Part Book (view the lines for my character only)?

If you select one of the dots in the Character Grid you’ll be taken directly into the Reader to view the lines for that character and scene only.

Words and Speeches

On the same page as the Character Grid you will find a bar chart representing the shape of the play in terms of words and speeches. Selecting a character or specific characters from the Character Grid will change the graph to reflect the words and speeches for those selected. Hover over the bars for the precise word count.