Theatre Archives

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – NYC

Video-taped performances are available for viewing on-site but not for loan or purchase. Appointments are recommended. May only be available to researchers and professionals.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Theatre on Film and Tape Archive
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10023
Outside the US:

Monday – Friday 12 PM to 6 PM
Saturday – by appointment only


Jonathan Kent, Director
Ralph Fiennes as Hamlet (Damian Lewis as Laertes)
Videotaped at the Belasco Theatre July 21, 1995 (matinee performance)


Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive – UK

Video-taped performances are available for viewing on-site at Shakespeare Centre Library but not for loan or purchase. RSC Archive videos suitable for research only.

Contact info:
The Shakespeare Centre Library
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Henley Street
CV37 6QW
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1789 201813 (inquiries)
Tel: +44 (0) 1789 204016 (library, archives, reading room bookings)
Fax: +44 (0) 1789 296083
Twitter: @ShakespeareBT

Monday – Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM
Seasonal hours vary

Available Shakespeare Videos:

1997 RSC (RST) Adrian Noble; Joanne Pearce 2 hrs 45 (Damian Lewis as Posthumus)

Much Ado About Nothing
A)1996 RSC (RST) (pre-changes) Michael Boyd; Alex Jennings, Siobhan Redmond 2 hrs 45
B)1996 RSC (RST) (post-changes) Michael Boyd; Alex Jennings, Siobhan Redmond 2 hrs 40 (Damian Lewis as Don John)

Available Non Shakespeare Videos:

The Devil is an Ass (Ben Jonson)
1995 RSC (Swan) Matthew Warchus 2 hrs 45
(Damian Lewis as Wittipol – not sure the above is the production featuring DL because he is listed as performing in this play in 1996)

Little Eyolf (Henrik Ibsen)
1996 RSC (Swan) Adrian Noble (translated by Michael Meyer) 2 hrs 10 (Damian Lewis as Borghejm)


Theatre Museum – UK

Video-taped performances are available for viewing from the Theatre Museum – National Museum of the Performing Arts but are not for loan or purchase. Individuals may view tapes by making an appointment with the Study Room.

Contact info:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7943 4727
Fax: +44 (0)20 7943 4777

Wednesday- Friday 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (study room)


Five Gold Rings
Almeida Theatre
Date: 12/01/2004
Duration: 2 hrs 0 mins
Writer: Joanna Laurens
Director: Michael Attenborough
Cameras: 3


National Theatre Archive – UK

Video-taped performances and other documents are available for viewing onsite from the National Theatre but recordings are not available for loan or purchase.

Contact info:
National Theatre Archive
NT Archive, NT Studio
83-101 The Cut
London SE1 8LL
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7452 3135

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 AM to 5 PM
Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM


Video recordings of Pillars of the Community for November 1, 2005 (opening night) and November 23, 2005. Other available documents include the programme and poster for the production.  For photo catalog, click here.


Birmingham Repertory Theatre Archive – UK

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Archive contains production material relating to performances at the Birmingham REP Theatre. The archive is held on the 3rd floor of the Library of Birmingham and is for use in the library only. No appointment is necessary. The library operates a reproduction service for study/research purposes.

Contact info:
Library of Birmingham
Arts, Languages and Literature
Floor 3
Broad Street
Centenary Square
B1 2ND
Tel: 0121 242 4242
Twitter @BirminghamREP
Facebook /BirminghamREP
Instagram @TheRepBirmingham
Facebook: /libraryofbirmingham
Twitter: @libraryofBham

Monday – Friday 9 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM


Rope 16 April 1993 – 15 May 1993
Programme, 51 production photographs

Romeo and Juliet 10 September 1993 – 9 October 1993
Programme, prompt copy, 109 production photographs, script


University of Bristol Theatre Collection – UK

University of Bristol is a research center with a vast collection of documents, programmes, posters, and clippings from British theatrical productions including several with Damian Lewis. This collection may only be open to scholars.

Contact info:
University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Faculty of Arts
Vandyck Building
21 Park Row
Tel: +44 (0)117 3315086
Fax: +44 (0)117 3315082

Monday 12 PM to 4:45 PM
Tuesday – Friday 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM


Programmes or clippings for School For Wives, The Devil is an Ass, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Little Eyolf, and Cymbeline.


The British Library

The British Library has audio recordings of three Damian Lewis performances in their Sound Archive: Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing, and Little Eyolf. Appointments may be required depending on the recording.

Contact info:
British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7418 (Listening and Viewing Service)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7676 (Enquiry Service)
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7441

Monday – Thursday 9:30 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM


Sound archive for Much Ado About Nothing, Little Eyolf, and Cymbeline.


Essential Shakespeare Handbook

The DK Essential Shakespeare Handbook is a textbook by Leslie Dunton-Downer and Alan Riding designed to teach Grades 7 and up about Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

Offering a user-friendly, beautifully illustrated guide to every play in the Shakespeare canon, as well as a portrait of the Bard’s life and the world of Elizabethan and Jacobean theater, the Essential Shakespeare Handbook is an innovative and entertaining book which unravels the complexities of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book will enrich the experience of the Bard’s work on the page, stage, and screen.


Color photo of Damian Lewis as Posthumus in the 1997 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Cymbeline and notes about the production, page 417.

Order info:
Available from for US $16.50.


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