Find a research supervisor in Theatre History and Historiography

Our work in this area covers a range of theatre histories, as well as conceptual and critical approaches to the study and construction of theatrical history.

The specialisms of the department include histories of popular theatre and performance; twentieth century British theatre, including playwrights, adaptations and appropriations of Early Modern plays, funding and the Arts Council; Irish and Russian theatre; the Historical Avant Garde; Victorian theatre; genealogies of Live and Performance Art; and approaches to heritage and legacy in performance.

Dr Gianna Bouchard

Dr Gianna Bouchard

Senior Lecturer

  • The medicalised body in performance
  • Anatomical dissection and bodily display as performance
  • Medical humanities
  • Politics of identity and performance
  • Contemporary theatre practice and critical theory
  • Live art Performance and interdisciplinary practice

Professor Russell Jackson

Professor Russell Jackson

Emeritus Professor of Drama

Key areas of research:

  • Shakespeare on screen
  • Representations of the theatre in film and in other media
  • 19th century British Theatre

Dr David Pattie

Dr David Pattie

Senior Lecturer

  • Samuel Beckett.
  • Contemporary British theatre and performance.
  • Performance and popular culture.

Dr Caroline Radcliffe

Dr Caroline Radcliffe

Senior Lecturer

  • Victorian theatre
  • Performance practice (contemporary and historical)
  • Popular theatre and performance
  • All areas of theatre and music
  • Technologies and performance

Dr Ellen Redling

Dr Ellen Redling

Lecturer

  • Contemporary socio-political drama (British and European)
  • Ancient Greek and Roman plays and their influence on British theatre
  • Medieval and Renaissance drama
  • Non-standard forms of contemporary drama and theatre
  • Drama and narration
  • Literary and cultural theory and networks
  • Ethics and drama
  • Post-postmodernism
  • Intermediality

Professor Graham Saunders

Professor Graham Saunders

Allardyce Nicoll Chair in Drama

  • Harold Pinter
  • British alternative or fringe theatre
  • Contemporary Shakespeare
  • Arts Council
  • Samuel Beckett

Dr Rose Whyman

Dr Rose Whyman

Senior Lecturer

  • Russian actor training, particularly Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, Meyerhold
  • The history of Russian theatre of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • The plays of Anton Chekhov
  • Actor-training and Alexander  Technique