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3DVisA Index of 3D Projects: Theatre Studies

Designing Shakespeare: An Audio-visual Database, 1960-2000

Keywords: Shakespeare, theatre, architecture, 3D model, VRML.

An Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) research project, Designing Shakespeare has documented the performance history of plays by William Shakespeare in Stratford and London in the UK. The documentation contains 1097 production listings with full production details, photographs, audio and video interviews with theatre designers, and ten Virtual Reality models of the theatre spaces used for staging Shakespeare in Stratford and London.

The VRML models were developed with Open Stages software from theatre plans by Chris Dyer, theatre designer and Research Fellow at the Royal Holloway University of London. Models of the following theatres were created:

  • Aldwich Theatre, London
  • Barbican Theatre, London
  • Cottesloe, National Theatre, London
  • Lyttleton, National Theatre, London
  • Olivier, National Theatre, London
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Shakespeare's Globe, London
  • Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon (pre 1990)
  • The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon (post 1991)
  • Designing Shakespeare is a digital resource used in teaching.

    Project dates: 2001-2003

    Resource status: Ten Virtual Reality theatre models may be viewed online as part of the Designing Shakespeare Collection hosted by AHDS Performing Arts, Arts and Humanities Data Service.


    Principal Investigator: Dr Christie Carson, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, UK; VRML models were created by Chris Dyer, Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Sources and further details:

    The project website, hosted by the Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS).

    Designing Shakespeare, Digital Resources for Teaching and Discussion, English Subject Centre, The Higher Education Academy, website.

    Record compiled by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel. Last updated: 11 September 2006.

    3DVisA gratefully acknowledges the help of ...... with preparation of this record.

    Royal Holloway, University of London and 3DVisA, 2006.

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