What is in this guide?
Locating production reviews often involves detective work to establish when and where plays have been staged. The date and location of a particular production determine the best sources for reviews. Sources used to locate a review of a 19th century production of a play in New York will be very different from sources used to locate reviews of a current London production of a play.
Literary critical analysis may also be valuable in considering individual productions, and could have been written at any time since a play's original publication.
This guide lists some of the major resources both for finding reviews and identifying productions, and for locating critical analysis. It is organized into the following pages:
- Databases - Provides links to databases where play reviews, or citations for play reviews, can be found
- Reprint Sources - Provides links to resources providing full-text reprints of play reviews
- Tracking Productions - Provides links to resources indicating productions of specific plays
- Criticism - Provides links to resources that provide scholarly criticism of plays, including many resources focusing specifically on Shakespeare
Image of the Globe Theatre from Paula Funnell