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 Greek tragedy, Early-Modern and Shakespearean theatre, Victorian theatre, histories of Russian theatre, 20th century British drama and playwriting, histories of popular theatre and performance , the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1945 and post-1968 British ‘Fringe’ or alternative theatre.
List of Academic Staff
I joined the department as a Teaching Fellow in September 2016 after teaching at Queen Mary University of London. From July 2017, I will be working as a Research Fellow on the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. As part of this project, my research will focus on Pinter’s relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Emeritus Professor of Drama
My work focuses on the relationships between text and performance - particularly but not exclusively of Shakespeare’s plays - in their social and intellectual context and in a wide range of media. I am currently engaged in studies of the representation of the theatre in the other arts.
My research is informed by (and informs) my work in professional theatre and film.
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I've been teaching and researching in drama and theatre studies since 1992. I’m an internationally recognised expert on the work of Samuel Beckett, and I’ve published ground breaking work on live music as a performance. I’ve also written extensively about contemporary British theatre, Scottish theatre, and popular culture.
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I have had a long freelance career in music and drama and am still an active performer in both fields. My specialist academic areas are nineteenth-century theatre, popular theatre studies, technology and performance and any area of music and drama.
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Allardyce Nicoll Chair in Drama
I joined the department in January 2016, after teaching at the University of Reading since 2005 in the department of Film, Theatre and Television. I have also taught at the universities of Coventry, Lancaster and the University of the West of England (UWE). I also studied at the University of Birmingham as an undergraduate (joint honours English & Drama,1991-4) and completed my PhD here ...
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I have lectured here in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts since 2003 and my main teaching and research interests are in actor-training and Russian Theatre.
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