Library Books and Resources

You can search the Library catalogue by author, title, subject and keyword using the Harlaxton College Library icon on the library computer desktops or online at: You are welcome to borrow all lending (but not Reference) stock.
The Library uses the Dewey system for resources and the main Theatre Studies collection can be found at 792-792.9 – upstairs at the far end of the balcony. 792 Stage presentations 792.01 Philosophy, theory, aesthetics 792.041 Stage management 792.042 Costume 792.06 Acting 792.09 Historical, geographic, persons treatment 792.0942 British theatre 792.3 Pantomime 792.6 Musical plays 792.7 Variety shows and theatrical dancing 792.8 Ballet and modern dance
Drama texts 812 American drama 822 English drama
Works by and about Shakespeare 822.33-822.393 822.3 Shakespeare 822.33 Shakespeare’s life and times 822.36 Productions 822.37 Sonnets 822.38 Plays 822.39 Critiques 822.391 Comedies 822.392 Histories 822.393 Tragedies
It is worth thinking and reading around your topic. For example, publications on the history of certain cities may well include references to theatres. Works on Shakespeare’s life and times are shelved at 822.33, but also check our holdings in English history of that period – 942.055 and 942.06 in the Study Carrel Room.
There is a large collection of Shakespeare and other DVDs available for loan.
A Theatre Studies Resources Collection is located on the Reserve Shelves in the corner of the Library Reception. Please keep these items in the Library, and you are welcome to photocopy them.

Online Resources

You are able to access all of the University of Evansville Libraries online journal databases during your stay at Harlaxton.

  • Theatre Studies UE databases (see below for database descriptions):
  • Theatre Internet Subject Guide created by librarians at UE:
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, for historical newspaper news and reviews available via membership of Lincolnshire Libraries
  • The British Newspaper Archive – historical newspapers digitised from the British library collection. Username and password from the Library.
  • The John Johnson Collection – This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising. Password and Username from the Library.

Journal Databases accessed via University of Evansville Libraries

The following links give access to various online resources and journal databases via University of Evansville Libraries [accessed 18/05/2015] FT = Full text available; PT = partial text

Theatre Studies

Useful Websites

Most theatres have their own websites with information about facilities, history and current productions.


Local theatres and arts centres

Grantham: Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ

Leicester: Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB
Leeds: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB
Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, Stamford PE9 4BH
Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

London theatres


London Theatre websites

Origins of Theatre

Shakespeare see Shakespeare subject page

Advice on Internet searching

You could also try the usual search engines, but please evaluate the source of the information. Wikipedia is not considered to be an academic source and should only be used as a starting point for research. Internet searching guidance can be found on this site.

Advanced Internet searching:
Subject Gateways:
Website Evaluation:

Theatre reviews can be found in the following daily newspapers. You can get a sense of their house style by looking at the print versions available in the Schroeder Lounge: The Guardian The Independent The Daily Telegraph The Times and Sunday Times (online access by subscription only)
Also useful is London Time Out

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