Theatre Record has been transformed: in its digital form, all its unrivalled archive of theatre information from 1981 to date is now readily and speedily available to our subscribers. You can access it on mobiles, tablets or PCs, either by consulting any individual issue or using its new and powerful search engine to look for shows, writers, theatres, directors … And it's updated daily!
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Full details describing the site are illustrated below.
Established in 1981, Theatre Record has probably the most influential readership of any theatre publication in the UK. It reprints in full all the national drama critics' reviews of productions in and out of London, with full casts and credits as well as production photographs. It carries early information on plans for shows all over the country. It is kept for years as an essential reference.
Theatre Record is read - and regularly consulted - by major practitioners: theatres and their administrators, companies and their directors, agents and their clients. It is read by the critics themselves and their entertainments editors. It goes to all major organisations working for the theatre industry. In addition, its circulation to drama schools, colleges and universities makes it available to the industry's next generation.
Through our Library subscribers Theatre Record also reaches a wide readership among the general public and, because it forms an archive resource, remains in the public eye far longer than other resources.
The readership of Theatre Record is not confined to Britain. It is widely read at the same high levels in Europe and the US, in Israel and Japan, Australia and New Zealand - in fact in most countries of the world.
Having signed into Theatre Record the "volumes" page is displayed. Along the timeline all yearly volumes of Theatre Record are displayed with their issues listed below.:
Clicking on an individual issue will bring up all its pages, with a contents list at the front. Much more powerful, however, is to use the search bar. This allows searches of the whole site by title, author, theatre and director. From 2019 onwards it also includes actor and technical names within the search.
The results list refines as more information is added. So "Rebella" gives:
And "dan stalin" gives:
Clicking on any line on the results list will show a PDF of the show with cast, reviews etc.:
The Listings pages are available at a click. You can scan current London productions A-Z, or future planned productions in London and the Regions in date order. Where the show's reviews already exist, you can access them at a click.
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