We love the Arts at WCU and this weekend, we are especially looking forward to the CVPA's performance of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well! There will be 6 performances, starting Thursday the 26th, and some of us library folk have plans to attend and show our support by enjoying what is sure to be another stellar interpretation of a fantastic play. But attending performances isn't the only way we support the Arts here at the libraries, and so tonight, we're shining a spotlight on some of the great resources we have available for anyone interested in the many facets of theatre, whether it's your major or you just have a great enthusiasm for the stage.
If it's the text of a play you are looking for, you're going to want to visit the 800s on the 5th floor of FHG. The text of All's Well That Ends Well, as well as criticism about the play, for example, can be found on the 5th floor at call numbers beginning 822.33 A2. We also happen to have an audio recording on CD down on the 1st floor in the IMC, though if you are looking for an audio recording for a different, non-Shakespearean play, you might have better luck finding one online
- Electronic Resources (eBooks & Audio)
LA Theatre Works is a great database of audio recordings of dramatic works, though it unfortunately does not have one of All's Well That Ends Well. But because the play is in the public domain, there are many other versions - both text and audio recordings - freely available around the Web. Librivox, for example, is an excellent site for free audio recordings of plays, as well as books, in the public domain.
- Electronic Resources (Video)
Love what you see from the Arts at WCU and want to see how others have produced the same plays? Want to be inspired to act in or produce your next play? Whether you love the works of Shakespeare or want to search for another of your favorite plays, we have some excellent databases that contain streaming video of full productions. Check out our BBC Shakespeare database, for all things Shakespeare (including, of course, All's Well That Ends Well!)
Or, if you are looking for another specific production, like, say, All's Well That Ends Well, Live from the Globe Theater, search in Films on Demand, to see if the full production of what you're looking for can be found there.
If you've liked exploring some of the resources listed in this post, our Theatre guide can help you delve deeper still. Happy researching!
And to all of the wonderful cast and crew working on All's Well That Ends Well: break a leg! We hope to be part of a good crowd at this weekend's performances.