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Communication Arts: Websites for theatre history

About This Page

This page provides links to useful resources for locating primary sources in theatre history.

Resources are listed under the following categories:

Ancient Greek
Early English
18th & 19th C. English
Italian Renaissance

General Resources

American Theatre

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Star Theatre, New York City, 1900
Source: New York Public Library Digital Gallery, 809929, Public Domain. 

Ancient Greek Theatre

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Ancient Theatre of Delphi
Source: Kolossus under CC BY-SA 2.5, Wikimedia Commons

Canadian Theatre

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Grand Opera House and Majestic Theatre, Adelaide Street, Toronto, 1904
Source: Image in the Public Domain

Early English Theatre

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Globe Theatre, London, England
Source: Tohma (CC BY SA 4.0), Wikimedia Commons

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century English Theatre

Italian Renaissance Theatre

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Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy.
Source: Tango7414, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons


Japanese Theatre

Odori Keiyō Edo-e no sakae by Toyokuni III

The July 1858 production of Shibaraku at the Ichimura-za theater in Edo. Triptych woodblock print by Utagawa Toyokuni III.
Source: 三代目歌川豐國 / Toyokuni Utagawa III, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons