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Related Websites

All the records discovered and edited in the course of the project will be stored and eventually published online by the Records of Early English Drama website hosted by REED Toronto. REED Toronto will provide the permanent main hub of the project on the internet. REED Toronto’s site is developed and maintained in partnership with the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College, London and the University of Toronto Libraries, among the best currently available centres concerned with sustainable online resources in our field. The REED Toronto site is regularly visited by an international community of scholars and also freely accessible to the general public.

Information relating to the project will also be posted on the website of Durham’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, including new finds in occasional newsletters and essays written by project participants. It will also announce public talks and performances.

Here are some other sites of societies and journals dedicated to the study of Medieval and Early Modern drama:


Description from the site: ‘The Network seeks to bring together the many researchers, students and practitioners working with medieval and early modern drama and performance, from plays and pageants, music and poetry, disguisings and royal processions to questions of methodology, theory and pedagogy.  In doing so, it seeks to encourage and facilitate cross-disciplinary, cross-period dialogue in the field and to act as a central hub for the community on the internet.’

Description from the site: ‘The Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT) database demonstrates how information produced at the time of the early London theatres was transmitted in later years. Specifically, it tracks what direct use has been made, over the last four centuries, of pre-1642 documents related to professional performance in purpose-built theatres and other permanent structures in the London area. It is not a comprehensive collection of those pre-1642 documents; rather, it charts the copies (or ‘transcriptions’) which were subsequently made of them. It reveals who used them, and when, and where evidence appears of that use, providing access to the varied and long ‘after-life’ of those documents.’

Description from the site: Early Theatre is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes research in medieval or early modern drama and theatre history, rooted in the records and documents of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. We likewise encourage articles or notes on related materials either in Europe, or in parts of the world where English or European travellers, traders, and colonizers observed performances by other peoples. Although we are primarily interested in the performance history of any art, entertainment, or festive occasion of the period, we also invite submissions of interpretive or literary articles relating to the performances themselves.’

Description from the site: ‘Ludus: Medieval and Early Renaissance Theatre and Drama Series. Editors: Peter Happé and Wim Hüsken. Ludus intends to introduce those interested in literature, in the performing arts, or in history to the various aspects of theatre and drama from the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance. It publishes books on closely defined topics, mostly seen from a comparative point of view. ISSN 1385-0393. Editorial Address: Dr Wim Hüsken, Winketkaai 17/6, B-2800 Mechelen, Belgium;

Description from the site: Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England is an international academic journal published at Colgate annually. Each volume contains studies by literary critics and cultural historians, as well as substantial reviews, notes, and documentary studies. About the Journal: Since it was founded in 1984, well over 500 articles, review essays, and book reviews have appeared on the journal’s pages. The topics addressed have ranged from local drama in the Shrewsbury borough records to issues of staging in the Elizabethan playhouses to authorship studies of John Webster. The journal is committed to the publication of a wide range of views and approaches, as well as to an equally wide exploration of early drama and its contexts prior to 1642.’

‘The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society is an academic association of scholars and other persons interested in medieval and Renaissance drama whose activities include organizing annual meetings, sponsoring long-range research projects, and publishing material of interest to the Society, including the journal ROMARD–Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama.’

Description from the site: ‘Medieval English Theatre is an international refereed journal publishing articles on medieval and early Tudor theatre and pageantry in all its aspects, together with articles and records of modern survivals or equivalents.’

Description from the site: ‘The Patrons and Performances Web Site combines essential biographical data for medieval and Renaissance patrons of performers with key details for the tours of the performers themselves – their troupe names, tour stops, performance venues, rewards and expenses, audience, and the documentary sources for these details as given in the twenty-seven collections published in the REED series. This data is enriched by new architectural, image-rich data on early performance spaces and historical GIS mapping. The database has content hitherto unavailable for teaching and can bring to life the careers of medieval and renaissance acting troupes as one of REED’s primary contributions to the field of early theatre.’

Description from the site: Renaissance Drama explores the rich variety of theatrical and performance traditions and practices in early modern Europe and intersecting cultures. The sole scholarly journal devoted to the full expanse of Renaissance theatre and performance, the journal publishes articles that extend the scope of our understanding of early modern playing, theatre history, and dramatic texts and interpretation, encouraging innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to these traditions, examining familiar works, and revisiting well-known texts from fresh perspectives. Renaissance Drama welcomes articles on the full range of early modern linguistic and theatrical traditions, the discourses and institutions shaped by performance, and manifestations of performance and performativity both on and beyond the stage. Occasionally, issues of the journal may be devoted to special topics of particular interest.’

Description from the site: ‘The journal ROMARD is published annually at the University of Western Ontario. Manuscripts are submitted to the Editor, Mario Longtin, via email We are a journal concerned with keeping the research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama current and compelling. Our journal headquarters have recently moved from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A., to Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, but we remain closely affiliated with the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society.’

Description from the site: ‘Founded in 1950 by the Shakespeare Association of America, Shakespeare Quarterly is a refereed journal committed to publishing articles in the vanguard of Shakespeare studies. Submissions are double blinded. The Quarterly, produced by Folger Shakespeare Library in association with George Washington University, features notes that bring to light new information on Shakespeare and his age, issue and exchange sections for the latest ideas and controversies, theater reviews of significant Shakespeare productions, and book reviews to keep its readers current with Shakespeare criticism and scholarship.”SQ is a mine of new information and new insights.” — Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania.’

An AHRC-funded collaboration between academics in Durham’s Department of History, IMEMS and Oxford’s Cantata Dramatica aims to share academic research on Durham’s medieval past with local Durham residents through music and drama.