Posted by: keanlibrary | September 29, 2009

Theatre in Video

The Kean University Library has recently acquired a new database that’s very good news for students of theatre and literature. This is the Theatre in Video database by Alexander Street Press, and you can see it here:

Theatre in Video

Why is this such a great resource, you may ask? Because it offers embedded video of many famous plays and other works of drama.  From the main menu, if you click on “people” –> “playwrights” –> “William Shakespeare”, you can view the entire plays of William Shakespeare online, as produced by the BBC.  If you’re struggling with your reading of “Oedipus Rex“, you can view the entire play performed onstage.   Even if you’re just a fan of sci-fi, you might get a kick out of watching Captain Jean-Luc Picard (well, actor Patrick Stewart, anyway) rehearse the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

Theatre in Video is a fascinating resource, and very helpful in understanding many major works of Drama.  And hey, it’s a lot of fun, too. (don’t worry, we won’t tell your professors that last part) 😉
It's even got a young Alan Rickman as Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, how cool is that? :D

It's even got a young Alan Rickman (right) as Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, how cool is that? 😀

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