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Production Research: Production History

This guide serves as a starting point for production research.

Examples of Stage History Books

Sources for orginal productions and revivals

Production History Starting Points

Production history covers original and subsequent productions. Critics generally discuss:

  • overall critical reception
  • theatrical innovations
  • director's approach
  • casting 
  • staging

Start with these Databases for Reviews

Also try these databases

Newspaper databases are used to find reviews of a production.

Search Primo

Catalog Search Tips:

  • Do a subject  search of the playwright, e.g., "Brecht, Bertolot 1898 1956 Stage History"
  • Do a subject search of the theatre company, e.g., "Royal Court Theatre"
  • Do a subject using the words "Theaters--Stage Setting and Scenery"
  • Do a subject search using the words "Theater--Production and Direction"
  • Do a subject search using a director or actor's name.
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