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SHAKESPEARE INSTITUTE LIBRARY

Description
The Shakespeare Institute Library is one of the major research libraries in the country for the study of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. As well as collections on Shakespeare and contemporaries such as John Webster, Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe, the library holds the exciting and varied offerings of lesser known playwrights such as James Shirley, George Gascoign, John Lyly, Henry Chettle, Anthony Munday and Thomas Dekker. From plays performed at the major London theatres such as the Globe, the Swan, and the Rose, to masques and entertainments held in towns around Britain for the entertainment of Elizabeth I, the scope of the collections is extensive. The library also holds a wealth of supporting information, placing this revolutionary period of literature in its social and historical context with collections on the literary, cultural, political, religious and social history of the period.
The Shakespeare Institute Library aims to collect films and sound recordings relating to English Drama 1564-1642, particularly the works of William Shakespeare. Includes commercially available recordings and off-air television and radio recordings. Archive collections include unpublished Shakespeare filmscripts and the archive for the Shakespeare: Animated Tales series. Significant holdings of secondary criticism on
Shakespeare on film, television, and radio.
Artefact description
Renaissance Films PLC archive, 1988-1992: The collection comprises a small number of scripts and a brochure, relating to the work of Renaissance Films PLC. Scripts are from the films ‘Henry V’ (released 1989), and ‘Peter’s Friends’ (1992). The brochure also relates to ‘Henry V’. Unpublished Shakespeare Film Script collection: collection of unpublished screenplays and shooting scripts for film adaptations of Shakespeare plays. Includes ‘West Side Story’, 1961 (Dir. Wise & Robbins); ‘King Lear’, 1971 (Dir: Brook); ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 1968 (Dir. Zeffirelli); ‘As You Like It’, 1992 (Dir. Edzard); ‘Othello’, 1995 (Dir. Parker); ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 1996 (Dir. Luhrmann); ‘Hal’ (adaptation of ‘Henry IV’), 1998 (Dir. Parks); ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, 1999 (Dir. Branagh); ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 1999 (Dir. Hoffman); ‘As You Like It’, 2006 (Dir. Branagh)
Website
http://www.shakespeare.bham.ac.uk/research/collections.shtml
Keywords
Theatre; Shakespeare, William
Access
Library Opening Hours : Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm Sunday: 10am - 5pm Accessing the Library: Members of the University can enter the library automatically and use the full range of library facilities. Visitors to the Library should contact staff during core hours (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) in order to arrange access. Visiting students and teaching staff can apply to join the University of Birmingham libraries through the Sconul scheme. Ask your home library for further details. Members of the public should ask at the Reception and Information Desk for a day pass (each time you visit you will be asked for current identification - a driver’s licence or bank card). Your public library may also be able to refer you to us under the Inspire Referral Scheme. Anyone visiting out of core hours or at weekends should have a valid Library ID. For further details contact staff: silib@bham.ac.uk, or telephone 0121 414 9525
Access for outsiders
Yes
Facilities
4 video recorders (PAL and NTSC)
Charges
None
Copyright
For student productions recorded in videotape.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
c.1,000 (100,000 in total)
Journals
Yes
Music
100 CDs. 100 LPs. Film scripts.
Newspapers
1964- to present.
Theses
c.30 (300 in total)
Video/Film
250 videos

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Animation
Animation artwork and cels
Documents
Scripts and treatments; Storyboards; Promotional literature

Catalogues

Computerised database
This is the online catalogue of the archives and manuscripts held in three separate repositories at the University of Birmingham: the Special Collections Department in the University’s Main Library; the Orchard Learning Resources Centre on the Selly Oak Campus; and the Shakespeare Institute Library at Stratford-upon-Avon. Every record in the catalogue indicates at which site the individual collections are held.
http://calm.bham.ac.uk/DServeA/
Online catalogue
http://libcat.bham.ac.uk
Library OPAC
Yes.
Digitised catalogue
No

Additional Information

Artefact notes
AACR2

Main Contact

Name
Karin Brown
Job title
Library Services Assistant Manager
Telephone
0121 414 9525
Fax
01789 292021
Email
silib@bham.ac.uk
Address
Library Services
University of Birmingham
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-avon
CV37 6HP

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