Unpublished Screenplay Collection

Scope and Content

Unpublished screenplays and shooting scripts for film adaptations of Shakespeare plays. Includes West Side Story, 1961 (Directed by Wise & Robbins); King Lear, 1971 (Directed by Brook); Romeo and Juliet, 1968 (Directed by Zeffirelli); As You Like It, 1992 (Directed by Edzard); Othello, 1995 (Directed by Parker); Romeo and Juliet, 1996 (Directed by Luhrmann); Hal (adaptation of Henry IV), 1998 (Directed by Parks); Love's Labours Lost, 1999 (Directed by Branagh); A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1999 (Directed by Hoffman).

Administrative / Biographical History

The materials have been collected by the Shakespeare Institute Library.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue (http://calm.bham.ac.uk/DServeA/). Accessed May 2002.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: http://calm.bham.ac.uk/DServeA/ A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Shakespeare Institute Library.

Scripts also entered onto University of Birmingham Online Library Catalogue, as follows: King Lear, 1971 [ref. q PR 2819]; Romeo and Juliet, 1968; As You Like It, 1992 [ref. q PR 2803.A23]; Othello, 1995 [ref. q PR 2829.A23]; Romeo and Juliet, 1996 [ref. port PR 2831.A23]; Hal, 1998 [ref. q PR 2809.A23]; Love's Labours Lost, 1999 [ref. r q PR 2822.A23]; A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1999 [ref. q PR 2827.A23].

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 expected.