The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1259  Tuesday, 7 May 2002

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 7 May 2002 13:45:02 +0100
Subject:        Non-Shakespearian Drama Database


About a month ago began a new round of improvement to the
Non-Shakespearian Drama Database. This free, web-mounted, database holds
information on the 589 plays not by Shakespeare performed on the
professional London stage between 1567 and 1642. Using raw data supplied
(with permission) by Chadwyck-Healey's Literature Online database, an
international team of volunteers has been adding data fields from Alfred
Harbage's _Annals of English Drama_. This process is now complete and
version 2.0 of the database is available at:


In its present form the database provides an electronic, searchable,
form of Harbage's _Annals_ for the extant plays. (LION, being a provider
of full-texts, is concerned only with extant works.)

The next phase of development will be the filling of a few holes in the
database (fields for which the volunteers could not find answers in
Harbage).  After that, I propose to put back in the 121 plays which I
originally excluded because they were obviously not professional drama
(such things as entertainments for aristocrats, closet drama, etc). LION
lists 711 works of 'drama' for the period and on reflection there is no
reason to formally exclude the non-professional works since a) some
slipped through anyway, and b) they can be easily identified and ignored
by users of the database.

Gabriel Egan

PS Volunteers who worked on the database are requested to check that
they have been properly acknowledged on the above website.

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