Theatre in Video Series

Theatre in Video

“Unique content and usability. . . With over 500 hours of film, this growing information outpost has vast potential for students, scholars and teachers." ‒Reference Reviews

While the texts of plays can serve as lasting documents, the productions are ephemeral; a live performance is gone when the curtain falls. And yet the collaborative elements of theatre in performance — the work of the actors, directors, and designers — have tremendous scholarly and educational value long after a production closes. Now, with Alexander Street’s Theatre in Video Series, faculty, scholars, and patrons of the performing arts will be able to revisit great performances again and again, and these landmark events can become a permanent part of the curriculum.

Theatre in Video expands your library’s existing collection of video recordings, while minimizing the problem of damaged or lost DVD copies and  saving shelf space. Both beginner and advanced users can use Theatre in Video for teaching, learning, and research.

Theatre in Video: Volume I

Theatre in Video: Volume I brings together hundreds of the world’s most important plays, video documentaries, interviews, and instructional materials in more than 550 hours of streaming video. These definitive performances, by leading actors and directors, have been painstakingly licensed from a wide range of copyright holders. From celebrated productions of Shakespeare to rare, in-depth footage of the work of Samuel Beckett, the collection covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history. Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along with excerpts of live performances deliver an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at hundreds of productions.

Theatre in Video: Volume II 

Volume II brings together 400 hours of additional classic and contemporary plays and documentaries. With a greater focus on contemporary and international productions, Theater in Video: Volume II offers a simple way for libraries to acquire highly valued and often difficult-to-find performances. Users can view the works of widely studied playwrights and theatre artists from around the globe, including many new performances from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre collection (Opus Arte), Theatre Arts Films, the BBC, and TMW Media Group. This collection is a must-have for any Performing Arts department, as well as English departments studying narrative, structure, and literary adaptation, or scholars of History, Psychology, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Sociology, and more.

How Will You Use It?

Theatre in Video lets educators and researchers bring a new dimension into nearly all aspects of performance studies and production history. Here are just a few of the tools available in the collection:

  • Students, instructors, and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues, and staging examples and then include those online links in their papers and course reserves. Class assignments and published papers will take on a whole new dimension.
  • Multiple productions of several of Shakespeare’s plays will allow for comparative analysis, showing various interpretations of the text and technical and cultural differences among the presentations.
  • The stage work of legendary directors and actors are together for the first time, cross searchable, and available for side-by-side comparison.
  • Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along with excerpts of live performances, illustrate the development of the texts and the productions. For example, users can watch and hear Arthur Miller discussing The Ride Down Mount Morgan and directing a rehearsal.
  • Documentary histories examine such varied subjects as The Globe Theatre; Edward Albee; The Royal Shakespeare Company; The Federal Theatre Project; Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino;The New Drama As Viewed by William Saroyan (examining the avant garde, with excerpts from The Killer, by Eugene Ionesco, The Sand Box, by Edward Albee, and Krapp's Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett, with Myron McCormick); Adolphe Appia’s Design InnovationsThe Role of Theatre in Ancient Greece; and other topics.

See how others are using the collection for teaching and research.

Publication Details

Theatre in Video is available on the Web, either through one-time purchase of perpetual rights or through annual subscription. Some titles may also be purchased for individual sale. Contact your sales representative for a complete listing.

*Not all content available in all countries. Contact us for more information about the content available to institutions outside of the U.S. and Canada.