Drama Collection


The primary responsibilities of The Drama Collection are:

  • To collect and preserve both the archives of plays (unpublished or in manuscript), parts, prompters' books, stage managers' records, performance materials from Danish theatres and private archives of prominent Danish performing artists.
  • To purchase new theatre literature published in the major languages and make them available for theatre directors, dramaturges, directors, actors, students at the acting schools and universities, researchers and others with a general interest in theatre.
  • To respond to subject enquiries received from all categories of users.

The collections holds over 30,000 theatre texts in manuscript (mostly by Danish playwrights or in Danish translation) and c. 20,000 printed theatre texts (mostly foreign). 85% of these can be searched in REX (in 'Advanced Search', choose 'Plays' in the menu 'Material Type').

In addition, the collections also include an increasing number of archives from theatres, both active and defunct, with performance material, press clippings, administration papers, correspondence, financial records etc. In REX, choose 'Drama Collection’ in the menu 'Institutions and Collections'.

Guide til Dramatisk Biblioteks Samlinger (only in Danish) provides detailed information to both the catalogued and as yet un-catalogued parts of The Drama Collection. The guide is updated continuously.

If you study theatre or dance at the University of Copenhagen, please consult the KUB subject guide.