About this site
Theatricalia will hopefully become the repository of theatre productions on the internet. In doing so, it will enable people to discover theatre that is going on around them, follow actors they have seen in previous productions, and record memorable events of productions they have seen.
Theatricalia was written by me in my spare time, because I needed it to exist. We had seen some fantastic actors in the RSC Histories Cycle, and found there was no way to find out what other things those actors were going to be in, or indeed had been in apart from their short blurbs in the programme.
It launched with the data for all RSC productions since its foundation in 1879, all Birmingham Repertory Theatre productions up to and including 1971 when it moved to its current location in Centenary Square, the wide variety of productions held by the University of Bristol Theatre Archive, and the complete archive of the Royal National Theatre (since removed). I hope those organisations like that their data is being made available more widely in an easy-to-use interface.
Those parts of Theatricalia created by its users or from other open datasets are available under the Open Database Licence. All factual content in those parts is licensed under the Database Contents Licence; copyright material (e.g. uploaded photos) remains with the copyright holder. I need to find time to finish accessing the data via an API, linked data, and whatnot, but please do get in touch if I can do something useful for you in the mean time.
Datasets to be added
- Edinburgh Fringe 2008
- MUGSS complete archive
If you have a machine-readable dataset of productions you would like added to this site, please do get in touch.
Possible things to come
Please see our UserVoice page for feature requests and bug reports.
- More ways of drilling down but pagination, e.g. A-Z of productions at a place, or by year, etc.
- Advanced search
- Programmatic output of the data
- Date written for plays?