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The Richard Brome Project

An Electronic Edition of his Collected Works

The intention is to create an online edition of the Collected Works of the Caroline dramatist, Richard Brome. This AHRC-funded project aims to combine dramatic textual scholarship with theatre practice. Intended users are scholars of drama and theatre studies, English Literature, History and cultural studies, as well as theatre practitioners.


Project Objectives

  • Provide access to Brome’s plays and the contexts in which they are best read
  • Extend knowledge of Caroline theatre practice and foster continuing scholarship in this field
  • Investigate how best to introduce practical performance into the study of period drama
  • Explore how practical performance may assist editorial choices and interpretation, and facilitate understanding of the text for the user

Richard Brome’s plays have not appeared as a complete edition since John Pearson’s three-volume facsimile-reprint in 1873. Pearson did not include collaborations or Brome’s non-dramatic works. Certain plays have appeared as single editions in recent years, but only a select few; some of these are in old-spelling. This edition aims to include all Brome’s dramatic works, including his sole-authored plays, collaboration(s), and manuscript materials. Each text will be fully edited and accompanied by bibliographical, linguistic and dramaturgical commentaries (including comprehensive stage histories for each play and information about possible patterns of doubling). Brome’s few known non-dramatic writings will also be included. The edition is to be presented as an online resource, enabling additional pictorial and written material to be keyed into the edited text, further illuminating the social, political, cultural and theatrical contexts in which Brome’s plays are immersed.


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