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
  • Architectural plans, photographs and oral histories depicting the inception and construction of the Globe Theatre
  • Early modern and contemporary musical scores from the Globe's music archive, including compositions by the award-winning composer Claire van Kampen
  • Comprehensive in-house research bulletins provide key insights into all aspects of performance on the early modern stage

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