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Peacock attends a staging of 1 Henry IV at the New Fortune Theatre, The University of Western Australia, 16 Sep. 2011. © UWA Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.


The Digital Renaissance Editions publishes electronic scholarly editions of early English drama, from late medieval moralities and Tudor interludes through to occasional entertainments at court and the plays of the commercial London theatres, through to the Civil War, Interregnum, and Restoration periods.

Inspired by the Internet Shakespeare Editions and using the same publication platform, editions will include photo-facsimiles (where available) and diplomatic transcriptions of early textual witnesses alongside a modern-spelling text with full critical apparatus (annotations, commentary, textual and contextual introductions). With its focus on producing peer-reviewed scholarly editions of plays by Shakespeare’s predecessors, contemporaries, and successors, the project is dedicated to expanding the range of early English drama available for study, teaching, and performance.

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To complement and enrich the editions, the project also includes a Performance Database comprising a growing collection of multimedia performance materials related to early English drama, as well as a Critical Companion of freshly commissioned, peer-reviewed essays on topics relevant to the study of the plays and their historical, cultural, social, political, and theatrical contexts.

Why not take a virtual tour through the Foyer to learn more about the project’s aims and administration, browse the Library of peer-reviewed editions and content, explore performance histories and materials in the Theater, or explore works-in-progress in the Annex?