Shakespeare's Globe Archive

Theatres, Players & Performance

A theatrical experiment in the reconstructed space of the Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare’s Globe Archive offers insights into performance practice in the particular space and playing conditions of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. In addition, it details the way in which the theatre was reconstructed as a place of radical theatrical experiment through which to examine the plays of William Shakespeare and others.

The archive documents over 200 productions from 1997-2016 through prompt books, wardrobe notes, music, performance photographs, programmes, publicity and marketing material, research, show reports and architectural plans. This collection will be of great interest to anyone studying Shakespeare, theatre studies, early-modern literature or cultural history.

Key Data

Period Covered

  • 1997-2016


  • Prompt books and wardrobe notes for Original Practice performances
  • The Globe to Globe programme and Shakespeare interpreted by different cultures
  • How the Globe Theatre was reconstructed and the space created via architectural plans and photographs
  • The creation of contemporary and early-modern scores with the music archive
  • The discoveries about performance at the Globe via the Research Bulletins

Source Archive

  • Shakespeare’s Globe Archive

Material Types

  • Prompt Books
  • Wardrobe Notes & Jottings
  • Programmes
  • Architectural Material
  • Show Reports
  • Posters
  • Performance Photographs
  • Globe Research
  • Music Archive
  • Props
  • Oral Histories

Editorial Board

  • Susan Bennett, University of Calgary
  • Christie Carson, University of London
  • Ralph Cohen, Mary Baldwin College
  • Andrew Gurr, University of Reading
  • Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare's Globe
  • Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick
  • Will Tosh, Shakespeare's Globe


  • Theatre Studies
  • English Literature
  • Performance
  • Shakespeare Studies
  • Early-Modern Literature
  • Cultural History

Key Features

  • Contextual essays
  • Video interviews
  • Chronology

Supporting Material