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.


APGRD, Oxford/ Institut für Theaterwissenschaft FU Berlin Partnership

The APGRD's is delighted to be able to report that it has been granted funds under the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership scheme (OXIBER) to collaborate with the ​Institut für Theaterwissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin. 

Sixteen researchers from Oxford and Berlin, including doctoral and early career researchers, will participate in two workshops this year in Oxford and Berlin respectively to begin work on a research project entitled 'Shaping antiquity through the archive: construction, reconstruction, composition'. The central question to be explored will be what does a history of theatre and performance look like when it attends to the specificities (in terms of production, distribution, and curation) of different media? 

The British American Drama Academy's new summer programme 2022

BADA's new Greek Theatre Program (3 June to 1 July 2022) combines theory and practice, with the first two weeks of the course spent in London before travelling to Greece for nine days and then returning to the UK for a final six-day residency at the APGRD in Oxford. Its interdisciplinary model means it is suitable for students and theatre practitioners at various stages of their careers. For further information, visit the BADA website >>


Read the APGRD's current Newsletter (No.30 Autumn 2021) for an update on our research, publications, and upcoming events. See our Newsletters page for past issues and an accessible word.doc version.