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.


Queering the Past(s) - new podcast episode

A new episode of the APGRD podcast has been released, in which Nancy Rabinowitz, Marcus Bell, and Eleonora Colli discuss the new digital publications from the Queering the Past(s) project. Visit the episode page to listen and find out more.

The British American Drama Academy's new summer programme 2022

The APGRD are delighted to be involved in BADA's new interdisciplinary Greek Theatre Program, which combines both theory and practice (3 June to 1 July 2022). The first two weeks of the course have been spent in London, the participants then travel to Greece for nine days before returning to the UK for a final residency in Oxford at the APGRD. For further information, visit the BADA website >>

The Alternative Queen's Speech

This APGRD/TORCH collaborative project brings artists and researchers together to develop a new 90-minute opera entitled The Alternative Queen's Speech and based on Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad (2005). Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and opera director/librettist Jeanne Pansard-Besson will be turning the canonical narrative of Homer's Odyssey upside down and giving Penelope the chance to offer her side of the story from the underworld. For further information, visit the TORCH 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.