The history of theatre

Subject categories on this page
  1. Ancient Greek theatre

The history of theatre, ancient theatre, theatre archives and museums; a guide to websites

Abbey Theatre Archive, Ireland
The Archive collects and preserves material of every kind relating to all aspects of the Abbey Theatre and its productions, dating from 1904.

Ancient Greek theatre *

Greek theatre mask
Ancient Greek Theatre Mask

Ancient Greek Theatre, Wikipedia entry.

Ancient Greek Drama
The website of The ‘Desmi’ Centre for Ancient Drama’, an international organisation with its headquarters in Athens and subsidised by the Ministry of Culture and other public and private agencies. It is dedicated to ancient drama and any theoretical or practical activity relating to that in Greece and abroad.

Ancient Greek Theatre Index
Theatre History

The Ancient Theatre Archive; Greek and Roman theatre architecture.

APGRD Database (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama), University of Oxford, ed. Amanda Wrigley.


Australian theater. HAT. The History of Australian Theatre

British Drama 1890- 1950, by Richard Farr Dietrich.

The Bristol University Theatre Collection
Since its foundation in 1951 the University of Bristol Theatre Collection has expanded to become a Fully Accredited Museum and theatrical research centre.

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, A Museum of Automata

Chinese theatre history. Wikipedia

Footlight Notes
A free access, non-commercial site, covering most forms of popular entertainment in the English-speaking world from the 1850s to the 1920s, with an emphasis on biographies and reviews. The site, which is heavily illustrated with portraits, play scenes, etc, is updated weekly, and a growing archive is maintained.

Greek and Roman Theatre. Perseus Project

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library 

Japanese theatre history. Wikipedia

London Theatre History and Timeline

National Theatre Archive, London

The Theatre Museum, New York

University of Bristol Theatre Collection

History of London’s West End Theatres

Music Hall and Theatre History
An archive of historical information and material on British Theatre and Music Hall buildings.

Long running plays (over 400 performances)
on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Paris, Vienna, and Berlin

The Theatre Museum, Austria

Theatre History Websites

Garrick, David. Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Scottish Theatre Archive

Oliver, Sir Laurence, Sir Laurence Olivier

Sir Laurence Olivier Tribute Page

Theatre and Performance Collection at the V&A

V&A Theatre Archives, London

Westminster City Archives Theatre Collection (London)

Wikipedia entry on the history of theatre.