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Adam Matthew Digital Publish Shakespeare’s Globe Archive

March 6, 2019

Archives from the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe are now available online, as part of a collaboration with award-winning primary source publisher, Adam Matthew Digital.

The archival materials in this collection offer a comprehensive insight into Sam Wanamaker’s dream reconstruction of the original 1599 Globe Theatre, as well as detailing the way in which this unique space was constructed as part of a radical theatrical experiment through which to examine the plays of William Shakespeare and others. Over 200 productions from 1997-2016 are documented through prompt books, wardrobe notes, music, performance photographs, programmes, publicity and marketing material, research, and show reports, giving researchers unprecedented access to the history of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Khal Rudin, Managing Director of Adam Matthew Digital said:

‘We’re thrilled to finally offer the global academic community the opportunity to access this vitally important performance archive online. Adam Matthew Digital is delighted to support the theatre’s mission of making Shakespeare accessible for all.’

Highlights within the archive include oral histories from prominent figures, such as Mark Rylance and Zoë Wanamaker, annotated scripts and stage plans within prompt books, and Front of House Show Reports detailing audience behaviour and response at thousands of performances.

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Higher Education and Research, Shakespeare’s Globe, commented:

‘Academic research is increasingly preoccupied with performance history and practice, so we’re delighted that the Globe’s important and exciting performance archive, showcasing our experimental theatre making over the last 20 years, can now be accessed by scholars and students around the world thanks to the work of Adam Matthew Digital.’

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Adam Matthew Digital is a publisher of award-winning primary source collections. Our products provide access to collections from leading archives and libraries around the world. We enhance our content through the innovative use of technology, inspired by the unique nature of the material we work with.

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world by conducting a radical theatrical experiment. Inspired and informed by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theatres, the Globe’s diverse programme of work harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.

‘And let us …on your imaginary forces work’ Henry V, Prologue

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