Get help finding plays and performing arts material

Are you looking for plays or materials about performing arts such as dance, theatre, performance art, opera and circus? We have manuscripts, photos, programmes, audio and personal archives.

Ballet Scene, The Triumph of Death 1972

John Rosforth Johnsen

Det Kgl. Bibliotek's theatre collection is a national archive for staged drama and has both unpublished and published theatre manuscripts. In addition, we have performing arts archives from theatres, circuses, dance companies, organisations and performing artists.

Find and order plays

  1. Click Search in the menu at the top right of the page and unfold the search field.
  2. Search for things like playwright, title or theatre.
  3. Select "manuscripts" under material type in delimited results: All unpublished theatre manuscripts will be displayed in your search result. You can find printed theatre manuscripts by using the delimitation 'books'. Alternatively, you can limit yourself to the 'theatre collection', but if you do, compulsory printed materials will not appear.

Find and order performing arts archives

  1. Click Search in the menu at the top right of the page and unfold the search field.
  2. Search for, for example, theatre/company, performing artist, organisation or title of performance.
  3. Select "manuscripts" under material types in delimited results.

Tip! You can find the newer theatre archives more easily in the library by using the overview.

Find and order theatre programmes

Write to us via Ask the library to order programmes. Remember to state the theatre's name, time period or title of the production when you write to us.

Find and order theatre photographs

Theatre and performing arts photos can be found in several different collections. You should therefore search for them in several places.

A good place to find already digitised photographs of, for example, theatre buildings or ballet is in the digital collections.

You can also find both digitised and physical theatre and performing arts photographs by searching for them. Follow these instructions.

  1. Click Search in the menu at the top of the page and unfold the search field.
  2. Search for, for example, theatre, actor or set-up
  3. Select "images" under material types in delimited results: All digitised images are part of your search result.
  4. Make a new delimitation: Select 'manuscripts' under material type in delimiting results: In some cases the images are combined with other materials. In those cases, order the entire box for review.
  5. Still not finding any relevant images? Then use our overview where you can see material that is not registered in detail. Write to Ask the Library for help viewing the images.

Did you find what you were looking for?

A small amount of the materials in the collection of plays and performing arts are not registered in our library system, so if you can not find what you are looking for, feel free to contact us.