An award-winning digital library of over 2,000 playtexts, 380 audio plays and 200 hours of video
An award-winning digital library of over 2000 playtexts, 380 audio plays and 200 hours of video from leading theater publishers and companies offering a complete multimedia experience of theater.
Divided into eight 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.
- Playtext Collection: access to over 1,500 plays plus excellent contextual and critical background
- Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection: 17 films of live productions from the world-renowned RSC
- Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Video Collection: expanding range of HD videos of live stage performances, including landmark productions from the theatre’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons
- Shakespeare/Early Modern Drama Video Collection: productions, interviews, masterclasses and more
- Nick Hern Books Collection: an impressive collection of over 400 titles from specialist theatre publisher Nick Hern Books
- L.A. Theatre Works Collection: the largest audio theatre collection in the world
- Aurora Metro Books and the Playwrights Canada Press Collection: contemporary new drama plus top plays from Canadian playwrights
- BBC Drama Films and Documentaries Collection: 36 film adaptations of classic and contemporary plays as well as Shakespeare and playwright documentaries
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 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?
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.