Papers relating to 'Players of Shakespeare'

Scope and Content

Working papers for Players of Shakespeare: essays in performance by twelve players with the Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by Philip Brockbank (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1985). Manuscript contributions and correspondence with contributors and those asked to contribute.

Administrative / Biographical History

The papers were accumulated by (John) Philip Brocklebank (1922-1989), Professor of English, Saarbr cken, 1953-54; Assistant Lecturer, University of Cambridge, and College Lecturer, Jesus College, 1954-58; Senior Lecturer, University of Reading, 1958-62; Professor of English, University of York, 1962-79; Professor of English and Director, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, 1979-88. He was also General Editor, New Cambridge Shakespeare, from 1978. His other publications include: Marlowe's Dr Faustus, (1961, reprinted 1979); ed., Pope, Selected Poems (1962, reprinted 1974); ed, Ben Jonson, Volpone, (1967, reprinted 1980); ed, Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 1976; On Shakespeare (1989); contributor to books on Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Marvell, and to Shakespeare Survey, Times Literary Supplement and other publications.

Reference: Who was who 1981-1990

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers. Copies of correspondence will be made available with addresses blocked out, to protect personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Acquisition Information

This collection was accumulated by Professor Philip Brockbank in his role as editor of Players of Shakespeare.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: A paper catalogue is available in the Shakespeare Institute Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

RSC theatre archives for the productions described in the publication are held at the Shakespeare Centre Library, Stratford-upon-Avon.