Exact Editions Blog: The Stage launches its digital archive with Exact Editions. “In partnership with The Stage, Exact Editions is delighted to announce the addition of the weekly theatre magazine on its digital platform, that includes back issues spanning two years and comprising of over 70 issues worth of performing arts content.” Two years? And The Stage has been around since 1880? Hm. Obviously, not free.
Broadway World: The National Theatre Launches National Theatre Collection, A New Digital Service. “The National Theatre today launches the National Theatre Collection, with two new partnerships with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest. This new service draws on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive. The National Theatre Collection will make the best of British theatre available to libraries, schools, universities and the education sector around the world.” As you might guess, this is not free.
Playbill: The Actors Fund Launches Performing Arts Legacy Project Documenting Veteran Performers’ Careers. “The Actors Fund has announced the launch of the Performing Arts Legacy Project, a new online platform that invites veteran performers to create and share their own pages, documenting their careers in the performing arts. The website… launched May 7 with contributions from 10 veteran performers including Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), three-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz), Michael David Arian, George Bartenieff (I Will Bear Witness: The Holocaust Diaries), Vinie Burrows (Green Pastures, The Skin of Our Teeth), Susan Lehman (I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Fiddler on the Roof), Agosto Machado, Richard Masur (Lucky Guy), Gilda Mirós, and Virginia Wing.”
Lancaster Guardian: Programmes on show in LADOS digital archive. “For nearly 130 years, Lancaster Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society has been entertaining theatre-goers with a succession of highly acclaimed shows. Now, for the first time, the input of hundreds of performers, backstage and front of house helpers has been chronicled in fine detail online, in possibly the most comprehensive history project undertaken by any amateur society.”
Washington Post: Calling Marie Kondo! The archives at the Kennedy Center and the National Theatre are a mess.. “Washington’s National Theatre has been in business since 1835, yet its archives are largely stuffed into a single small dressing room on the fourth floor. The collection, with playbills and photographs that in some cases are more than a century old, looks like family junk piled in an extra bedroom.”
Shakespeare’s Globe: Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance Now Published Online (this link is to a PDF document). “Archives from the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe are now available online, as part of a collaboration with award-winning primary source publisher, Adam Matthew Digital. The archival materials in this collection offer a comprehensive insight into Sam Wanamaker’s dream reconstruction of the original 1599 Globe Theatre, as well as detailing the way in which this unique space was constructed as part of a radical theatrical experiment through which to examine the plays of William Shakespeare and others. “
West Bridgford Wire: Incredible historical pictures released on Theatre Royal Nottingham digital archive. “Over the past two years, the Theatre Royal’s Creative Learning Team has worked in partnership with the University of Nottingham on a major archive and heritage project entitled Our Theatre Royal Nottingham: Its Stories, People & Heritage, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Today, the team launch an innovative new digital archive documenting 153 years of theatrical history at the venue.”