Detail from black and white photograph of female dancers choreographed by Margaret Morris
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 databses go to Research Collections.


David Raeburn Prize 2021

We are proud to be launching the David Raeburn Prize, an exciting new performance competition for young people from across the UK, in partnership with Oxford's Faculty of Classics. This competition is open to any participant aged 11-18 (or Years 7-13, or equivalent). The judges will be looking for powerful, creative and exciting interpretations of ancient material. You can find out more about the Prize, including how to apply, by visiting the Classics Faculty website

British American Drama Academy's new summer programme 2022

We are delighted to be participating in the British American Drama Academy's (BADA) new summer programme, 'Greek Theatre: from the Ancient World to the Modern, Through Theory and Performance’ being launched in 2022. For further information, visit the BADA website.

APGRD Newsletters

Read the APGRD's current Newsletter (No.29 Autumn 2020), on our Newsletters page.