My research explores the relationship between Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett, focusing on the impact of Beckett’s theatre on productions of Shakespeare’s plays in England from the 1960s onwards.
I have an interest in comparative studies, namely interrelationships between Shakespeare and other literatures and theatrical traditions. Having produced a Masters dissertation on his influence on a nineteenth-century Brazilian novel, it has been interesting to research about the reverse process - Shakespeare under the influence of another playwright- in a different context.
I will discuss the development of Beckett’s plays into a popular theatrical tradition in England, their incorporation into RSC productions during the 1960s, and how this practice has endured over the years amongst English directors. It is worth mentioning that even though my research focuses on Beckett, I will also take into account some of his contemporaries such as Pinter and Stoppard, who were, in turn, influenced by Beckett, and whose plays have similarly provided directors with modern approaches to produce Shakespeare.
My research is funded with a University of Birmingham/CAPES scholarship.