Theatre image collections online

 1800's Ephemera 

Highly recommended - a treasure box of images (ed.)! The creator, Mark Forder, modestly writes: "I have scanned in numerous images of papers I have from the late 1800's, such as playbills from the "Black Crook", along with photographs of actresses, etc... Should you have any questions please email me and I'll be more then happy to answer them if I can. "
Click on "Image collections", then click on "BREN", and search the Robert Breen ANTA archive by keyword to select among hundreds of retrievable high-quality images from the archives of the American National Theatre Academy.
Some superb dance photos from 1940 onwards

 Applause South West  (Recommended by Plymouth Library Services.)

Applause South West is an online multimedia archive of 300 years of English theatre history; theatres, shows and the people who appeared in them... and much more.
Thumbnail links to members and productions of the famous Diaghilev / Nijinsky company. The rest of the site is splendid, too -- well worth an explore for photos, bibliographies and chronologies of the dance world

 Beijing Opera Page 

Attractive site. Opening page has fine photo of MEI Lanfang (1894-1961) as Xi Shi. Other photos illustrate the main roles in Beijing Opera, leading players, etc. Some masks.

 Biblioteca e Raccolta Teatrale del Burcado 

Rich in resources, and well presented. Worth a virtual visit -- and a real one, if you find yourself in Rome

 Bibliothéque nationale de France: Dèpartement des arts du spectacle 

One of the richest iconographic resources in the world ... a good excuse to visit to Paris, as if you needed one

 Bibliothéque-musèe de la Comèdie française 

The information page contains three small sample images: the stage and auditorium, a late 17thC print, and a page from one of the famous registers

 Bread and Puppet Theatre 

Some stunning pix on a site that's a model of elegance and clarity. Thirty years on, Peter Schumann's people can still take your breath away


A small curiosity: Brecht and Weill photographed together during the 1928 rehearsals of The Threepenny Opera, now pulled together as an animated image. (page closed temporarily)

 Bridgeman Art Library  (Recommended by Rachel Dunk.)

Amongst this comprehensive source of fine art images, we have a wonderful selection of works entitled "Theatre, ballet, actors, plays, opera & scenery" and a separate section devoted entirely to Shakespeare.

 ÇanTiyatrosu  (Recommended by Kenan Halis Kizildag.)

Scene Costume dizayn and sales.

 CARTHALIA - Theatres on Postcards  (Recommended by Andreas Praefcke.)

A collection of postcards of theatre buildings and concert halls worldwide

 Ceský Krumlov, the baroque Castle Theatre 

Oh, the joy! From the heart of old Europe, a site devoted with love and affection to the baroque court theatre in all its glory. Mouth watering. If you can't hop on a plane, hit that mouse ...

 collection of 19th century theatrical postcards and photo cabinets for sale  (Recommended by Robert J. Foster.)

There are approximately 1,000 photo postcards and over 150 photo cabinets of actors and actressess from the late 19th and early 20th century pictured.

 Costume Design Chicago  (Recommended by n/a.)

A guide to theater costume design, resources and stories

Didaskalia is an electronic resource and journal dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman drama and its reception
Didaskalia is an electronic resource and journal dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman drama and its reception

 English Actors at the turn of the Twentieth Century 

Several dozen Edwardian tinted photos in glorious nostalgia-color of the famous (Bernhardt) and the forgotten (er .. um...)

Delicious... Art-Deco classics

 Federal Theatre Project images 

This online presentation includes over 3,000 images of items selected from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress. Featured here are stage and costume designs, still photographs, posters, and scripts for productions of Macbeth and The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus as staged by Orson Welles, and for Power, a topical drama of the period. The Federal Theatre Project was one of five arts-related projects established during the first term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the Works Progress Administration (WPA)

 Footlight Notes 

John Culme's highly entertaining mix of pre-1920 photographs, postcards, sheet music covers and magazines, etc. - some 25,000 items in all. Worth a visit. 'Footlight Notes is about popular entertainment during a period of extraordinary activity in the history of the theatre: the 1850s to the 1920s.'


 Karagoz - Alpay Ekler's site 

Some fine illustrations, plus transcriptions and music recordings

 Kim Crow is a busy actress, director and voice talen  (Recommended by Kim Crow.)

Kim Crow -her resumes, demos, musings and scrapbook of a lifetime in the business as an' athlete of the heart.' "Wit" "Travels With My Aunt""Playing for Time"
These digital images originally appeared in The Cambridge King Lear CD:ROM: Text and Performance History Archive, edited by Christie Carson and Jacky Bratton, and represent performances of 'King Lear' by the RSC 1976-1993.

 Korean mask drama 

 Kostüm Evi  (Recommended by Handan Celik.)

Scene Costume dizayn and sales.

 Kurt Weill Homepage 

 Lennox-Boyd Collection 

The private collection of English mezzotints acquired by Christopher Lennox-Boyd since 1968. Strong on late 18th and 19th centuries. See especially the online exhibition devoted to Garrick (page closed temporarily, we'll keep checking)

 Library of Congress: American Memory Collections and Topics 

The link will take you to "American Memory Collections". Includes photos from the Federal Theatre Project, early motion pictures, the variety stage, celebrities -- or search by keyword ("actors", "theatre", etc.). Rich collection, well worth browsing. Some European libraries could learn a thing or two about generosity here ...

Useful collection of illustrations to accompany ongoing collaborative classroom project. (Not always available)
A fine image of the Lyon Punch on the title page.
Contains historical info on early magicians and other performers.

 Max Reinhardt Archives 

A selection online from he Archives' 14,000+ photographs and negatives, which constitute a significant visual repository of prominent actors and actresses as well as a visual record of twentieth-century advances in scene and costume design. The Archives also boasts a photo scrapbook collection containing 5,500 images of nineteenth-century German actors and actresses.
Representative images from the holdings in theatre,circus, dance, opera. Please note the restrictions on use specified on the entry page.
Paintings, posters, playbills and costume designs, mostly 19thC British, from the collection the scholar who retired in 1996.

 Mystere dou Jour dou jugement 

Miniatures from the 14th century Besançon manuscript, back in the days when you had to walk the web, and the sites were called monasteries
Published by the US Institute for Theatre Technology, as part of Project 2000, there are designs for costume, stage and lighting. Note, please, the copyright notice on the first page, which forbids duplication "electronically or on stage" without the written permission of the designer. The site layout is superb
Click on "Theaters" for a sequence of 30 Greek theatres.
Self-extracting Flash movie (requires no additional software). Download to your hard disk and double-click to run. It's safe -- prepared by the VL-Theatre editor!

Beautiful color photos from our innovative and stunning productions of plays by Shakespeare and other classical playwrights.

 Proofsheets of theater publicity photos by Michal Daniel  (Recommended by Michal Daniel.)

A unique and growing on-line collection of publicity photos by Michal Daniel from the Public Theater (NYC), Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), and others.

 Quebec: Un fou dans une poche 

200 years of early French-Canadian theatre, well illustrated

 Richard Finkelstein's portfolio 

A working designer's portfolio, linked by play title.

 Robert Wilson 

Features preparatory sketches by the visionary director/designer.

 SBTD Picture Gallery 

Stage and costume designs from the Society of British Theatre Designers. Follow the link to GALLERY. Also available -- report and pix from the 1999 Prague Quadrennial, and details of current exhibition at the Theatre Museum, London

 set designer home page 

contemporary swedish set design
Shakespearean theatre illustrated by postcards. Fascinating and unusual project
19thC paintings and other resources.
Images from the Somerset Maugham collection bequeathed to the National Theatre.

16th and 17th C theatre photos, models, drawings; a visual tour of the home of Lope de Vega, and links to the vast collection of online Spanish plays. Maintained by Vern Williamson, who deserves a medal.

 The Broadway Theatre Archive  (Recommended by Basil Hero.)

Written about in The New York Times, The Broadway Theatre Archive has the finest collection of theatre/broadway plays adapted for television since the 1950's. Within the collection is Death of A Salesman w/ Lee J. Cobb, The Iceman cometh w

 The Bunraku 

A detailed Bunraku site with plenty of information and an animated image

 The Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs 1870-1982: Photographs from the plays of William Shakespeare on stage, screen, television, opera, and ballet.  (Recommended by Lesley Jorbin.)

This unique site is the ONLY image site to present photographs from Shakespeare productions, in a searchable database; it may be searched by play title or play grouping (tragedies, comedies, etc) or keyword.

 The Development of Stage Spectacle  (Recommended by Frank Mohler.)

Fascinating animations, plus database of early stage machinery

 The History of Costume by Braun & Scheider 

Vast range of neatly arranged thumbnails linked to 100k graphics, in colour, from the mid-19thC handbook of historical costume. Go dizzy with the morphing on the front page
University of Washington School of Drama: several dozen scanned images now available, hundreds to follow

 The Puppeteers' Cooperative Home Page 

68 ways to make really big puppets, plus a patternbook of pageants and processions. Lots of hand-drawn illustrations.


An experiment in VRML representation of the group's theatre. Follow link to Nieuws and then to Virtueel kirjkje. ('Dit is de Web site van de leerstoel Theaterwetenschap van de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam')

 Theatre Ephemera  (Recommended by Rodney Higginbotham.)

A continually growing archive of theatre iconography

 Theatron: Roman Permanent Theatres 

3-D computer models of the Theatre of Pompey; with links to similar ventures involving Greek, Roman and Restoration theatres.

 Turkish Theatre  (Recommended by Nese Karatas.)

A photo galley of stage phots since 1930.

 USA International Ballet Competition 

Profiles the work of over 1300 dancers and includes a formal gallery as well as photos of many of the dancers.
Solid documentation of the York cycle produced in Toronto in 1998, with links to the full texts, many photos, etc

 Ýstanbul Þehir Tiyatrosu / Metropolitan Theater of Istanbul  (Recommended by Can Dogan.)

vitual theater museum / picture of hundreds plays / oldest theater of Turkey / 1914 onwards

Modeling Auditions