|The Plays of William Shakespeare
|Any round-up of theatre websites just wouldn't be complete
without at least
one mention of Shakespeare. This site is the work of the Electronic
Literature Foundation (ELF) and they've taken Shakespeare's plays and
sonnets and put them on the Internet in electronic format. This makes
it carry out normally laborious tasks such as searching for all
mentions of say witches in the plays
or all the appearances of a specific character. The site also includes
glossary to the sometimes tricky Shakespearian language. The ELF has
also digitised lots of works of literature including stuff from
Chaucer, Dante and Jane Austen.
the acclaimed theatre company based at the Theatre Royal, Briustol.
Britain's oldest working theatre. ( Opened 1776)
|The Royal Court has always been known for its gritty and
innovative choice of plays and the design of this site reflects the
theatre's cutting edge appeal. The theatre is in the process of setting
up an online archive of all the productions
staged at the theatre from 1956 onwards - currently the archive only
back to the 1997 season. An online booking service is also waiting in
wings. Embryonic playwrights should visit the Young Writer's section of
site which explains all about the theatre's Young Writers programme.
guide to Britain's ' Theatre for the Nation". There's a complete guide
to the RSC's performances at Stratford-upon-Avon, in London and around
the UK, with details of every production, plus photos and booking
|This lovely old Victorian Theatre is in a constant state of
- funds need to be raised to keep the theatre going. Find out how you
help by visiting the Friends of the Hackney Empire section of the site.
music hall style posters are used to navigate your way around the pages
the history of the theatre section makes fascinating reading. The list
music hall stars that have appeared there is staggering (Charlie
Lily Langtree and Marie Lloyd have all taken the Hackney stage). Of
you can also find out about the shows currently playing, although you
book tickets direct from the site as yet.
|Visiting UK Theatre Web is like scrabbling behind the
scenery of a play: it's messy and chaotic, but you do get to see how
productions are born. Despite the
amateurish look, the site provides those who devote their lives to the
with everything they need to succeed. The scope is seriously
training opportunities and amateur dramatic societies are listed for
tentatively treading the boards; there are databases indexing current
and organisation dealing with technical and professional matters; and
links cover everything from juggling vacancies to showbiz gossip.
|If you fancy a bit of culture then this superb site should
be your first port of call. Covering theatres all over the UK, it
offers an unrivalled guide to what's currently showing at each of them.
You can search up
to six months in advance and also read news, reviews and previews to
you decide what to see. Having done so, you can book your ticket online
even decide where you want to sit thanks to the seating plans of major
|The Stage is the bible of the theatrical industry and this
site is an excellent adjunct to the paper version of the newspaper. The
section on the history of newspaper is well worth reading - the paper
has been going since 1880. Anybody looking for a job both in acting and
in backstage roles would do
well to scan through the online jobs area. There are also some
How To guides covering topics such as how to write for TV and how to
a musical. The site is updated daily with the latest theatrical news
listings of the UK's theatre, fringe and club venues.
|The design of this site, which lists all the major London
theatres and shows, can best be described as basic, however it is fast.
If you're visiting the capital and fancy a night out this is one of the
most comprehensive sources of theatre information. You can search
through the West End shows by genre, by a specific theatre or you can
even track down a certain director or author. As well as the excellent
listings services you'll also find the latest theatrical news, reviews
of the current big shows, handy seating plans for the major theatres
and the option to buy tickets direct from the site.
|As well as focussing on London's theatre scene this site
also lets you know what's
happening on Broadway. If you're off to New York and you fancy catching
play while you're there then you can book direct from this site and you
even make pre-theatre reservations at some of New York's most popular
The site also boasts detailed maps of London and New York's theatre