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Archive Collections

Our performing arts Archive holds unique records which document the history of Shakespeare’s Globe, in particular our performance history and are formed of three groups: the Performance Archive, Institutional Archive and Collected Archives.


The Archives are searchable online here.


Performance Archive

This documents the creative aspects of theatrical performances at Shakespeare’s Globe from 1996 and demonstrates the processes that go into a production. It also charts the development of the experimental 'Original Practices' approach to productions that was pioneered at the Globe during its first ten years, including an Original Practice archive of clothes created by Jenny Tiramani. The archive contains programmes, prompt books, wardrobe notes, photographs, scores, show reports and posters.  

Our moving image archive contains recordings of all performances from 1996 onwards and Globe Education events including Read Not Dead performances, audio and filmed recordings of over 200 plays written between 1567-1642; Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: specially designed for young people and lectures, research workshops and conferences.

Institutional Archive

The Globe's Institutional Archives (those records created by The Shakespeare Globe Trust and predecessor bodies) that document the decades of planning, persistence and enthusiasm that led to the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe, through Sam Wanamaker’s vision.

This includes correspondence, administrative papers, publicity material, fundraising events, photographs and Mark Rylance's papers, during his Artistic Directorship at the Globe, 1995-2005.


Collected Archives

The Archive also holds a small number of collections deposited by individuals and organisations related to the history of the Globe. The most significant is the Pentagram Archive comprising architectural plans, project files and correspondence relating to the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe by the architect Theo Crosby, who was a founding partner of the architectural firm Pentagram.


Our collections are still in the process of being catalogued; as we progress, the range and number of records described online will grow. 
If you can't find what you are looking for or would like further information about our Archive collections please 
contact the Archivist.


Online Library Catalogue →

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