Detail from black and white photograph of female dancers choreographed by Margaret Morris © Fred Daniels Estate
Mask designs by Abd'Elkader Farrah for Oedipus Rex, 1960
The Story Of Orestes, 1886: illustration depicting Clytemnestra's ghost and the Furies
Framed costume design sketches hanging on a wall at the APGRD's Oresteia Exhibition, 2011


The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (the APGRD) is a research project based in the Classics Faculty at the University of Oxford. It investigates the performance of ancient texts from Greek tragedy to Roman epic, in any medium and any period, from stage to screen, from antiquity to the present day.

A world-renowned international research centre, the APGRD has been at the forefront of classical reception studies for over twenty years and is a pioneer in classical performance reception - see details of our publications here.

For more information visit the About Us section; or to explore our archives and production databases go to Research Collections.


Autumn 2022 events now online

Our programme of events for Autumn 2022 is now over, but you can catch up on everything from the past term (and beyond) over on the APGRD YouTube channel. If you want to remain updated on what's coming up in 2023 make sure you're added to our mailing list, and following us on Facebook and Twitter.  

The Alternative Queen's Speech

A film of the project is now available (TORCH YouTube). With TORCH funding, the APGRD brought together creative artists and Oxford researchers to develop a new 90-minute opera entitled The Alternative Queen's Speech, based on Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad (2005), by composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and opera director/librettist, Jeanne Pansard-Besson. During a three-day residency in the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building at St Hilda's College, the composer, director/librettist, two singers and a student actor, worked together with researchers from Classics, English, Modern Languages and Music, and students from the Cheney School, Oxford. The APGRD is joining KCL, Princeton, NYU, and English National Opera in the next stage of the opera's development.


Read the APGRD's current Newsletter (No.31 Autumn 2022) for an update on our research, publications, and upcoming events. See our Newsletters page for past issues.