Play Index (H.W. Wilson)

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The Wilson Play Index is an online version of the print Play Index. It covers over 30,000 plays written in or translated into English from Antiquity to present that have been published individually and in anthologies from 1949-present. In addition to standard searching capability, users can search by cast gender and number or by the age group for which it was written. Records include requirements for scenery, cast, and music, as well as an abstract and subject descriptions in addition to links to additional online information. Links to full-text plays accessible online.


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Dates covered

Plays written from Antiquity to present day and published from 1949-present.

Updating frequency



Plays published individually or collectively from 1949-present

Type of coverage

Indexing with citations.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Play Index. For holdings see QuickSearch.

Producer/content provider

H.W. Wilson Company

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


Core Subject(s)

Supplementary Subject(s)