The University Library has significant collections of books and other material for the study of drama, theatre studies and the history of the theatre

Our collection

Main Library

Resources for drama are shared between the Main Library, and the Orchard Learning Resource Centre .

The Library subscribes to around 30 journals devoted to drama and theatre studies.

The Shakespeare Institute

The Shakespeare Institute Library in Stratford on Avon contains our world-renowned research and reference collection for the study of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre.

Special Collections

The Cadbury Research Library holds a number of important archive collections including a Theatre Collection of some 5,000 printed articles, cuttings, playbills and photographs relating to theatre performances in London and the provinces during the 20th century. They also have the personal papers of playwrights and actors such as Noel Coward and Beatrice Campbell (Mrs Patrick Campbell), and Norman Painting. For a full list of related archive collections available for research, see our drama and theatre Subject and Resource guide. Please contact the Cadbury Research Library for further information.