The APGRD is a research project based in the Classics Centre at the University of Oxford. It investigates the performance of ancient texts in any medium and any period, from Greek tragedy to Roman epic, 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 fifteen years and is a pioneer in classical performance reception. For more information visit the About us section, or to learn about our archives and resources visit Research collections.


Upcoming Events

Public Lecture: (Im)/mobility in Tom Paulin's Seize the Fire

Monday 26 June, 6 pm

Isabelle Torrance (Aarhus) will deliver a public lecture at the Ioannou Centre to conclude day one of the 17th Annual Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama. All welcome, no booking required.


Karolos KounCelebrating Karolos Koun

Friday 22 September, all day

An exhibition and conference celebrating the life of the Greek theatre director.
Full details to follow shortly - please check back.


Artist in Residence: Marie-Louise Crawley

Marie-Louise Crawley performing Myrrha for Avid for Ovid, 2015The APGRD is very pleased to welcome choreographer and dance artist Marie-Louise Crawley as our Artist in Residence from January to June 2017. Marie-Louise is investigating the role the mask plays in performance, and considering the mask in her own choreographic work. See our Artists in Residence page for further details. She has been putting her research into practice with performances at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; details of further performances will be available soon. (Photo: © Christian Hunt)


Interactive/Multimedia e-books

The APGRD is delighted to have received an AHRC Follow-On Funding Award  to produce two interactive/multimedia e-books.

The e-books, on the performance histories of Medea and Agamemnon, draw on our existing published research, considerably enhanced by our photographic, audio and video archival material as well as newly commissioned interviews and performances from scholars and theatre practitioners.  

The ebooks are free to download and are available either as an iBook for Mac or as an ebook for all other devices. Visit Medea, a performance history for more information and to download the first book.