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Finding Plays, Performances & Reviews

Play Scripts in Print

Browse the shelves on the 5th floor in Rutherford Library. You will find plays in a range of call numbers, including:

  • PR (British), particularly 1200s and 6000s
  • PS (American, Canadian)
  • PQ (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Anthologies of monologues or short scenes can be found in PN 2080

If you prefer to search our online catalogue, some useful subject searches (in the "Advanced search") include:

  • English drama 20th century
    • change the region, e.g. American or Russian, and/or the century number, e.g. 21st or 19th
  • Monologues
  • Collections

See an example search here.


Play Scripts in Online Library Collections

Select databases for finding play scripts

Alexander Street (noted above) is a large database with many smaller collections, including it's Theatre and Dance "browse-by-discipline" sections, in which you may find play scripts, including:

"Live" Performances in Physical Format

You can search our online search (in the “Advanced search”) or browse the shelves on the 5th floor in Rutherford Library to find DVD recordings of performances. Type the Keyword search term "videorecording" into All Fields, and then type in a Title or Author search term.


Streaming Audio & Video Performances

Check out our Audio & Video Subject Guide for more streaming content databases, including film and music. Select databases for finding streaming performances are:


Specialized collections found on the Alexander Street collection include:

Newspapers & Popular Periodicals in Online Library Collections

Look for reviews in newspapers and periodicals (e.g. magazines, newsletters). You'll need at least some details about where or when a production happened, or the name of the director or company.

In addition to the periodicals databases listed on this page, check our Newspapers Subject Guide for links to databases indexing news periodicals from Canada and around the world.


Canadian Content


International Content

Scanned image of picture of Martha Graham from the New York Telegraph 1926

A picture from the New York Telegraph, April 15 1926, with the caption: "A unique dance by Martha Graham, who for several years was premier danseuse with Ruth St. Denis."