Shakespeare's Globe

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Education/SWP Stage

Current Research Projects 

Our current and upcoming research projects include:

I. Upcoming Critical Studies

II. End of Season Interviews

III. Early Modern Music Research

IV. Globe On Demand

V. Retro-Conversion Project

VI. Translations Database

 


 

 


I. Upcoming Critical Studies


Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Head of Higher Education and Research): 


Moving Shakespeare Indoors. (Cambridge University press, 2013) co-edited with Andrew Gurr.

Shakespeare and the Hand. This original new monograph by the Globe’s Farah Karim-Cooper is due to be published in 2015.


For current critical studies by Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, visit our publication page.

 

Indoor Performance Practice Project

Dr Will Tosh (Post-doctoral Research Fellow)

With the opening of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse we have a unique opportunity to explore the staging conventions of indoor theatres of the Jacobean period. The Indoor Performance Practice Project (2014-16) casts light on this aspect of theatre practice and history through applied experimentation in the space, performance observation, actor and audience interviews and historical research. At the same time the Project charts the distinctive relationship between modern performers and audience in the intimate candle-lit Playhouse. 

 

 


II. End of Season Interviews - The Production of Meaning in the Globe Space

 

Ongoing since 2006, the Globe holds an ever-growing oral history archive consisting of interviews with Globe actors and creatives. These interviews uniquely document the experiences of working in the Globe theatre space and the discoveries made through practical experiments. This rich resource enables a growing understanding of how the playing conditions affect the performance of early modern plays, and the challenges of working in a reconstructed space. This project will gain another fascinating dimension with the opening of the Indoor Jacobean theatre, which will further deepen scholarly understanding of the practical implications of early modern performance.

 

 


III. Early Modern Music Research

 

Simon Smith has been working as the Globe’s Music Researcher during the 2012 theatre season, shadowing Claire van Kampen in her role as Composer. The materials and documentation of this project will become part of the Library and Archives Collections at Shakespeare’s Globe, documenting our work on theatrical music within the rubric of Original Practices, and in other forms of production.

 

Simon also acts as a Research Associate for the Indoor Jacobean Theatre project, and his report detailing conventions of music use in indoor Jacobean theatres has important implications for architectural design and the ways in which music can be used in our new theatre space.

 

 


IV. Globe On Demand

 

The Globe Library and Archives hold around 2000 VHS and DVD recordings of Globe productions dating from 1996, as well as 100 VHS recordings of other Globe activities.

Globe on Demand is a major project to digitise these valuable records and make them accessible to researchers and scholars. Thanks to funding from the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and the Eric Anker Petersen Charity, visitors to the Library and Archives will be able to view video and audio recordings, as well as photographs, from all Globe productions at a library workstation.

 

 


V. Retro-Conversion Project


The Globe Library and Archives hold recordings of all Globe productions dating from 1996. This footage contains multiple camera angles of each production at various stages in the show’s run and is a valuable resource for theatre practitioners and scholars alike. The retro-conversion project seeks to prevent the deterioration of this footage by transferring it to a more accessible and archival medium. This project will allow for scholars, students and practitioners to view previous performances while ensuring the safety of the performance archives for generations to come.


 


VI. Translations Database


We are currently creating an online database of translations of Shakespeare's plays, beginning with the countries and languages represented in the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival. The database will serve as a resource for scholars or the novice reader, wishing to learn more about the impact of Shakespeare’s play around the world. It will include information on the date, translator and history of the first translation of each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays. This database will allow for more research to be done on the appropriations and fascinations of Shakespeare that have captivated so many disperse cultural imaginations.

 

To find out more about these and other research projects, please email us.