Bloomsbury Drama Online Royal Shakespeare Company Discount for OhioNET Libraries

Bloomsbury Digital Resources is pleased to present an opportunity for OhioNET members to save up to 20% on our new video content partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, now on the Drama Online platform as the RSC Live Collection. 

The RSC Live Collection offers students worldwide a front row seat to experience the very best performances of Shakespeare from the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. With 13 RSC productions available at launch we are immediately expanding our video content within Drama Online and complementing our Arden Shakespeare and Methuen Drama collection play editions and scholarly works allowing users to read, analyze, listen, and watch plays in the same digital environment. The collection will continue to add new RSC productions as they are filmed, as the RSC works through Shakespeare’s canon.

RSC Live Collection Content Highlights: 

  • Richard II, starring David Tennant
  • The Tempest, starring Simon Russell Beale and featuring innovative live motion capture
  • Hamlet, with award winning Paapa Essiedu in the title role
  • King Lear, starring Sir Anthony Sher
  • Including: Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love's Labour’s Lost, Love's Labour’s Won ("Much Ado About Nothing"), The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Cymbeline

About Drama Online (

  • Drama Online is a unique library of over 2,500 play texts unavailable elsewhere, including the gold-standard Arden Shakespeare editions
  • Its growing bank of over 150 hours of video content allows users the opportunity to study a play text alongside performance in the same digital environment
  • Drama Online’s unique play tools allow users to explore the texts in terms of theme, period, gender  etc. making connections between texts and offering enhanced discoverability
  • Includes over 360 audio professionally recorded audio plays from L.A. Theatre Works
  • Over 150 scholarly works add context and criticism essential to the study of theatre 
  • Winner of the Best Interface Award from the Charleston Advisor
  • Winner of the Innovation Excellent Award from Stationers' Livery Company

Key Features and Benefits:

Designed specifically for students and scholars, Drama Online offers a unique user experience:

  • Interactive Transcript Player—Full transcripts for video plays, real-time tracking of lines spoken, automatic text scrolling, hyperlinked text throughout for navigation to the relevant timestamp, ‘search transcript’ function
  • Play Finder—Find plays based on cast size, gender of roles, word count, period, and playwright
  • Personalization Features—Save searches, highlight and annotate text, and bookmark content
  • Monologue Search—Find monologues by keyword, gender, and word count
  • Character Grid and Words and Speeches Graph—Available for each play, visually represents all character appearances by scene and numbers of words spoken by each per act
  • Develop a Part Book—View lines and stage directions for individual roles
  • Intuitive eReader—featuring scholarly editions and in-text annotations


Bloomsbury Digital Resources is pleased to offer the chance for OhioNET members to save up to 20% off the regular list price on the RSC Live Collection on Drama Online.

  • Early Subscribers Special Offer for an additional 5% above regular consortia discount
  • Valid through February 28, 2018

Bloomsbury is pleased to offer an additional 5% discount off list price for early adopters. In recognition of the fact that libraries have a wide range of subscription and budget cycles, any library that is willing to start a free 30 day trial prior to February 28, 2018 will be eligible to receive the additional 5% discount on any subscription started before November 1, 2018.

Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager, at or 614-484-1064 for more information.