This project by Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson aims to chart the complete dramatic corpus written by English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish authors during the 110 years between the English Reformation to the English Revolution, enabling a holistic view of this complex, diverse cultural phenomenon.
It is based on a complete, systematic survey of the whole of this body of work, including all available dramatic records, and it presents, in chronological order, every known play, extant and lost, including some which have never before been identified. The completed work will contain well over 2,800 entries.
Each entry contains comprehensive information about a single play: its various titles, authorship, and date; a summary of its plot, list of its roles, and details of the human and geographical world in which the fictional action takes place; a list of its sources, narrative and verbal, and a summary of its formal characteristics; details of its staging requirements; and an account of its early stage and textual history.
The first seven volumes are now in print, covering the years up to 1623; the eighth (1624-31) is due for publication in 2017, and the final two in 2018.