Since the mid-1980s I have worked as text adviser with Kenneth Branagh on stage and radio productions, and on all his Shakespeare films, and also on films by Oliver Parker (Othello, An Ideal Husband) and John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). My diary of the filming of Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet accompanies the published screenplay and a commentary by the double act of Branagh and Jackson accompanies the DVD release of the film. I have served on the boards of the Oxford Stage Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and as an honorary governor of the RSC. In 2006 I was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Bangor, for my contributions to the study of Shakespeare on Film.
Other theatre work has included collaboration with Michael Grandage, with whom I worked as text adviser on productions at the Crucible theatre, Sheffield and the Donmar Warehouse in London. Productions at the Donmar have included Othello (2008), the 2009 Donmar West End season (Twelfth Night with Derek Jacobi and Hamlet with Jude Law, which also played on Broadway), King Lear, with Derek Jacobi and Richard II at the Donmar (both 2011) and the Michael Grandage Company’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V, both at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2013. In July 2013 I was text consultant for Macbeth, directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford in the Manchester International Festival: the production was revived and restaged for performances at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in May-June 2014. Recent work includes the Kenneth Branagh Company’s productions of The Winter’s Tale (2015-16) and Romeo and Juliet (2016) at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.
From 1985 to 2004 I was an editor of Theatre Notebook, the journal of the Society for Theatre Research, and I remains on its advisory board. I am on the editorial boards of Shakespeare Survey, for which In have written a series of annual reviews of publications on Shakespeare in performance, and on the online journal Shakespeare.