Theatre crafts - Scenic arts

Resources for scenic arts.

10 best theatre designs - in pictures (Guardian)
The Observer's theatre critic chooses the 10 sets that changed the face of modern theatre, from a 1912 Hamlet to Punchdrunk's immersive Faust.

BBC guide to Stage Machinery
A Wikipedia style web-site (so use with care) but now run by the BBC (which lends it some authority).

DMOZ Open Directory project: Theatre resources
The largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web.

The Development of Scenic Spectacle (Frank Mohler)
A site devoted to the study of Renaissance and baroque spectacle.

Globe Theatre Props
Information about the use of props at the Globe theatre, and about Elizabethan theater in general.

Makeup Gallery
Features the work of movie and TV makeup artists,  illustrated with nearly 5000 images of actresses in character and prosthetic makeup. 

National Theatre Archive
The repository for the administrative and technical records of the National Theatre covering the period from the inception of the company in 1963 to the present day. Material accessible to the public includes programmes, posters, photographs, video and sound recordings of NT productions and platform events, press cuttings, prompt scripts, production drawings, costume, lighting, and sound information.

 - The Stage
Excellent 1998 2 part documentary on the backstage aspects of the RSC.
Part 1 covers design & making of set & props.
 - The Players
Part 2 covers costume design/making and actor fx.

Site dedicated to decorating homes in vintage style. Useful Catalogs section for catalogues from the 1920s to the 1970s.

A look around the National Theatre meeting actors, directors, stage managers and technicians, and access to a growing library of videos about their skills.

Study Centre for the Scenic Arts (SCSA)
An ‘open laboratory’ to promote the collective skills of scenographers, architects, artists, engineers and other design professionals. Includes a cluster of filmed interviews with prominent names in contemporary scenography and lighting design.


Scenography & new media technologies / Iryna Kuksa (2007).


Handspring Puppet Company
The company behind War Horse.

Puppetry News
Check out the film and audio archives in particular.

Bernier, Matthew. Puppetry as an art therapy technique with emotionally disturbed children. Philadelphia: Hahnemann University, 1983.


Emma Troubidge: Scenic artist
Emma Troubridge gives the BBC an insider's guide to preparations under way for Nabucco and Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House. (Audio clip: Backstage at the opera)
Emma Troubridge, Head Scenic Painter at the Royal Opera House describes her work and in particular describes working on recent productions of Verdi’s Aida and Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment

Theatre Svoboda (from DOKweb) - extract only

Riot at the Rite (BBC, 6 part series on YouTube)

BBC drama documentary charting the riot at the first perfrmance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, in Paris 1913. See all the detailed summary from Oberon Grove.


Rose Bruford Scenic Arts Production course:

Last modified: Monday, 12 November 2018, 12:49 PM