A unique way to study drama.
The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
Our constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover.
Our unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.
Enjoy access to the finest drama texts:
The collection features the pre-eminent theatre lists of Methuen Drama, the Arden Shakespeare and Faber and Faber as well as production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum and will be continually updated. Drama Online is developed in partnership by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Faber and Faber Ltd. Learn more about our content partners.
Drama Online launched in March 2013 and content continues to be added. View the title and author list for the full list of content. To see what is currently in the collection visit the Plays listing page or the Playwrights & Practitioners page.
Accompanied by theory and practice.
Drama Online offers expert guidance in the form of scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis and contextual information making this an essential study tool that meets the full range of drama teaching needs. Critical interpretations, theatre history surveys and major reference works on authors, movements, practitioners, periods and genres are included alongside performance and practitioner texts, acting and backstage guides.
With production stills from the V&A.
Drama Online includes over 500 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum's rich archive of production photos, s hedding light on changes in scenography, costume design and performance styles and allowing users to appreciate the ways in which theatre photography has evolved. Learn more.
What people are saying about Drama Online.
'A fantastic resource for us as a drama school . . . the Character Grid and Monologue facility is a massive time saver for all of us who are constantly looking for and choosing plays that will work for large groups. It gets a big yes from me.'
Simon Hunt, Head of BA Physical Theatre, University of Essex, UK
'I am amazed and delighted to learn about Drama Online. Surely this is the best expression to date of the digital revolution as far as literary studies are concerned. What a terrific resource this will be for students, teachers, theatre practitioners, and the general reader. As far as Shakespeare is concerned it will show us the human endeavour that made him possible and the subsequent drama his works continue to inspire'.
Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning and Research, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
'This is a fantastic facility. It’s simple to use, brings up research results very quickly – perfect when time is of the essence, when searching for that "specific" play or monologues, or practitioner/playwright.'
Philip Weaver, Head of BA Acting, University of Essex, UK
'The new Drama Online library website is the next generation of sophisticated online tools for students, actors, researchers, librarians, and lovers of theatre. Take Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury and Faber, with their extraordinary collections and preeminent scholarship. Combine their resources. Place them into an elegant, intuitive and deep interface. And watch this become the most important bookmark on your browser'.
Professor Rocco Dal Vera, University of Cincinnati
'Drama Online is an invaluable resource for my students, staff and me. It allows us to access such a wealth of treasured texts in an instant. I anticipate this being a major reference area for us going forward.'
Jeff Janisheski, Head of Acting, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney, Australia
'The exceptional range of material available is unparalleled. Plays will be permanently available – no stock problem or waiting. Drama Online represents a saving of time, money and patience as well as being a portal to exciting possibilities of plays old and new.'
Andrea Brooks, Head MA Acting, University of Essex, UK
'A ground-breaking digital resource that makes available a vast library of plays and reference works while offering bespoke features tailored to the needs of individual students and researchers. Drama Online blazes the trail for a new era of digital theatre publishing'.
Dr Chris Megson, Royal Holloway, University of London
'With instant search access to quite literally hundreds of plays, and reference works Drama Online is fast becoming the essential site for theatre and performance'.
Robin Sneller, Acting Tutor, MA Acting and MA/MFA Acting (International), University of Essex, UK
'A great resource to recommend to students for scene study/acting classes/contextual studies research.'
Chris, Head of Programmes, Southend, University of Essex, UK
'I am excited and eager to explore and research this new digital resource. I anticipate using Drama Online regularly'. Jeffrey Bihr, actor, director, composer, Stanford University Drama
'Drama Online is a FANTASTIC resource – SO important, especially to BA World Performance because we use such a wide range of material . . .'
'I particularly look forward to the time saving and cross referencing aspects of the website. I look forward to having this kind of resource at my fingertips and will certainly recommend it to my actors and students in rehearsal and the classroom'.
'Drama Online – curated by some of the wisest publishers in the business – sets the stage for a new generation of readers, writers, and thespians to not only find, but also actively work with plays. It is a new, exciting way to engage with the stage, while never losing sight of the treasured heritage of theater and the performing arts. As a college English instructor, I can tell that this resource will be a goldmine'.
'Bloomsbury Publishing and Faber and Faber create something unique with Drama Online. By combining the resources of Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare and the Faber catalogue in a single website that provides filtered browsing and powerful search and navigation capabilities, Drama Online becomes the first stop of choice for drama teachers, students, scholars and practitioners. This is a brilliantly thought through and executed digital library providing both the opportunity of finding exactly what you are looking for and the possibility of encountering an unexpected revelation'.
'Drama Online promises to reinvent performance studies for a ground-breaking digital environment'.
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Image credits on this page: 1. © Tristram Kenton/Lebrecht Music & Arts, 2. © Graham Brandon, V & A Images.