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.


Moon Viewing - A Postal Poetry Performance with Alice Oswald

In a collaboration with TORCH, Oxford's English Faculty, and DANSOX, Alice Oswald (Professor of Poetry and APGRD Artist Associate) is inviting 500 participants to be part of an immersive poetry performance at midnight on Thursday 30th November. Participants will receive a special copy of a poem written by Alice, and be invited to step outside to open it at midnight. A synchronised performance, led by Alice, will be streamed live. For more information and link to the live-stream, visit the event page

British American Drama Academy's new summer programme

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 2021. For further information, visit the BADA website.

Staging the Archive podcast and blog

Medea - a Mirror for the 21st century, episode 5 in our podcast series, features Shivaike Shah and Fran Amewudah (Producer and Director - BAME Medea) in conversation with Avery Willis Hoffman (Programme Director - Park Avenue Armory). Download or listen to the podcast now. You can also read the accompanying blog post here. Our podcast runs during the university's vacations, so this will be the last episode until December 2020. 


The latest edition of the APGRD's newsletter is out, containing news from the archive, as well as details of our new publications and upcoming events: visit our Newsletters page.

Interactive/multimedia ebooks

We are delighted to announce that two instalment of our new free interactive/multimedia ebook - Agamemnon, a performance history - can be downloaded from Apple Books (for Apple devices - EPUB versions for devices other than Apple will follow).

View 'Beginnings & Whose Play?' on Apple Books
View 'Homecoming & Lyric' on Apple Books
Front cover to ebook Agamemnon, a performance historyfront cover to Medea, a performance historyResponding to your feedback to our first multimedia ebook on Euripides' Medea, we have decided to release all our ebooks in instalments of two related chapters. So, alongside Beginnings & Whose Play?, you can also find Medea, a performance history on Apple Books reissued as three quicker-to-download instalments.


New Publications: Performing Epic or Telling Tales 

Front cover of the book Performing Epic or Telling TalesWe are delighted to announce the publication of Performing Epic or Telling Tales, by Fiona Macintosh and Justine McConnell. 

View the volume on the Oxford University Press website here.

This is the second volume to emerge from our Performing Epic project, examining the reception of Greek and Roman epic across all performance genres. Whereas the first volume Epic Performances (2018) examines the vast panoply of epic-inspired material on stage, screen, in opera and dance from the middle ages onwards,  Performing Epic or Telling Tales (2020) focuses less on ‘what' the recent epic turn in the theatre consists of than ‘why’ it seems to be so prevalent. In chapters ranging from spoken word performances to dance, from the use of machines and technology to performances that make space for voices occluded by the ancient epics, Performing Epic or Telling Tales seeks to contextualize and explain the ‘narrative’/storytelling (re-)turn in recent live performances with reference not only to the translation and scholarly histories of the epics, but also to earlier performance traditions and, notably, to recent theoretical debates relating to text-based ‘drama’ and performance-based ‘theatre’.