Records of Productions by Students of the Shakespeare Institute

Scope and Content

Records of theatrical productions by students of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. The archive contains prompt books, video recordings, photographs, posters, programmes and reviews, but materials deposited can vary for each production.

Administrative / Biographical History

An amateur theatre company formed by students of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and known by various names including The Upstart Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Revellers, The Shakespeare Institute Players and What Larks! Performances are given at the Shakespeare Institute. The company performs plays by William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Some of the lesser performed works include The London Prodigall, Measure for Measure, or Beauty the Best Advocate, by Charles Gildon, Hamlet: the Bad Quarto and King John.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( Accessed May 2002.


Arranged by format, then chronologically by production.

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: A paper catalogue to file and item level 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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 expected.