Drama Online to partner with award-winning audio drama company LA Theatre Works

Drama Online, an award-winning study resource originally created by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Faber and Faber, has announced its partnership with LA Theatre Works. The non-profit organisation features audio content as performed by the likes of Hilary Swank, Alfred Molina and Mark Ruffalo and boasts a worldwide audience through international broadcasters: the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Beijing among them.
The partnership comes with the promise that Drama Online users around the world will now have access to audio productions from LA Theatre Works, which features audio versions of 350 classic and contemporary plays, from The Crucible to The Importance of Being Earnest, all available for institutional purchase or subscription through Drama Online.
Jenny Ridout, Editorial Director for Drama Online at Bloomsbury, said of the partnership: ‘LA Theatre Works provides an unrivalled collection of audio recordings of key canonical and contemporary works by leading playwrights performed by prominent actors. It adds real depth and dynamism to the resource. We are delighted to be working with such a high quality content partner, especially one that is so focused on educational needs.’

LA Theatre Works cover of bestseller The Crucible

LA Theatre Works cover of bestseller The Crucible

‘This is an exciting new stage of our reach and growth,’ added Susan Albert Loewenberg, Founder and Producing Director of LA Theatre Works, ‘We continue to increase our global accessibility through this partnership. Our mission is to create superb performances of great dramatic literature, and what better place to make these titles available than through Drama Online?’
Already a source of over 1200 play texts from Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare and Faber, 700 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum and American Shakespeare Centre, and a growing list of scholarly works, users of Drama Online will now also benefit from video content, coming later in the year.

Drama Online to add filmed theatre productions to its resource collection

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Stage On Screen’s filmed production of The Duchess of Malfi will be available to watch via Drama Online from October

Drama Online, a subscription study resource available to schools, colleges and higher education institutions, is expanding its resource offering this autumn with video content. Partnerships with organisations such Shakespeare’s Globe and Stage On Screen will see more than 60 hours of material added to the site.

Drama Online’s partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe will add 21 productions to its collection, with further shows to be added. Shakespeare’s Globe’s artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole, says: ‘In Drama Online, Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber have created a fantastic portal for students, and we’re delighted that Globe productions will be some of the first video content on offer there.’

Stage On Screen will be contributing high-definition filmed productions from Greenwich Theatre of The Duchess of Malfi, Doctor Faustus, School for Scandal, and Volpone; and Manchester Royal Exchange’s Hamlet starring Maxine Peake will also feature among the new content.

As well as the filmed productions, Drama Online will be adding a six-hour Shakespeare acting masterclass with Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s head of voice Patsy Rodenburg, featuring movement, speech, body and warm-up exercises.

The new video content will be available for trial in October; for more information, visit www.dramaonlinelibrary.com.