Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and Translations

Period of Performance

10/1/2015 - 9/30/2017

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$265,000.00 (approved)
$265,000.00 (awarded)

Digital Publication of Records of Early English Drama

FAIN: RQ-230510-15

Lafayette College (Easton, PA 18042-7625)
Suzanne R. Westfall (Project Director: December 2014 to March 2016)
Peter H. Greenfield (Project Director: March 2016 to September 2016)
Suzanne R. Westfall (Project Director: September 2016 to present)

Editing and preparation for digital publication of the Records of Early English Drama of Staffordshire and Salisbury collections, with additional editorial preparation of the Berkshire and Yorkshire North Riding collections. (24 months)

After 38 years of highly respected hard-copy publications, the Records of Early English Drama is shifting its collections to free and open-access digital publication. The much-anticipated Civic London to 1558, 3 volumes (forthcoming April 2015), is the last volume to be produced primarily in hard copy. Over the past three years, REED has moved to born-digital collections, using digital formats to bring small and in-process collections quickly to the public, in searchable and interactive forms. A grant from the NEH will enable REED to begin to digitize existing collections, to complete editorial processing for two new collections, to begin the process on two further collections, and to continue the Pre-publication project, which allows editors to make records available as they are discovered.

Media Coverage

BBC taking Shakespeare on tour (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sylvia Morris
Publication: The Shakespeare Blog
Date: 3/21/2016
Abstract: An enthusiastic description of the entire BBC Shakespeare on Tour project.

BBC to Launch Shakespeare Online Festival (Media Coverage)
Author(s): none
Publication: Hollywood Reporter on Yahoo
Date: 11/4/2015
Abstract: Announcement of the BBC's online celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, including the Shakespeare on Tour project.

Associated Products

BBC Shakespeare on Tour webpages (Web Resource)
Title: BBC Shakespeare on Tour webpages
Author: REED editors: Peter Greenfield, James Stokes, Sally-Beth MacLean, et al.
Author: BBC, Records of Early English Drama, British Library
Abstract: BBC Shakespeare on Tour--a collection of webpages and BBC local radio broadcasts telling stories about Shakespeare performances throughout Britain from the 16th century to the present. Incl. stories about performances at Caludon Castle for Lord Henry Berkeley, at Sudeley Castle for the Lords Chandos, at towns like Gloucester, Southampton, Coventry, Leicester, etc. A collaboration of the BBC with Records of Early English Drama and the British Library.
Year: 2016
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Home page for Shakespeare on Tour.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: Shakespeare in Gloucestershire, a page largely written by Peter Greenfield, based on earlier REED research.

“How to Track a Bear in Southwark: a learning module.” (Article)
Title: “How to Track a Bear in Southwark: a learning module.”
Author: MacLean, Sally-Beth
Author: Hagen, Tanya
Abstract: Description of How to Track A Bear in Southwark, an Omeka-based learning module focused on the transmission of documents about the Bear Garden in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London: a venue for bear- and bull-baiting, as well as theatrical entertainments.
Year: 2015
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Webpage giving contents of this issue of the journal.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: Website of the learning module itself.
Access Model: subscription
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Medieval English Theatre
Publisher: Boydell and Brewer

Digital Shakespeare: Audiences and Scholars. (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Digital Shakespeare: Audiences and Scholars.
Author: Penelope Woods
Author: Suzanne Westfall
Author: Siobhan Keenan
Author: Erin Sullivan
Abstract: The digital age has offered new opportunities and challenges for creators and performers of Shakespeare and has recalibrated the position and autonomy of audiences in performance. The twenty-first century technological explosion has also increased the availability of theatrical records and commentaries, encouraging us to contemplate how pedagogy is changing, and how online resources such as Somerset and MacLean’s pioneering REED Patrons and Performances database may be used by wider communities to reflect on the early Shakespearean stage.
Date Range: 16 August 2016
Location: London, UK
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Webpage describing this seminar at the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress.