Drama and Theatre Studies

Our research in drama and theatre studies covers the Restoration and modern periods. It is led by Professor David Roberts, who has amassed a considerable body of work in this area. His study of the actor Thomas Betterton, published by Cambridge University Press, was shortlisted for the 2010 Theatre Library Association's George Freedley Award and the 2011 Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatrical Biography. He has contributed articles to leading journals, including Shakespeare Quarterly, The Cambridge Quarterly and The Times Literary Supplement.

His current work focuses on Restoration playwrights' attitudes towards borrowing from French drama, Thomas Killigrew’s managerial career, ethics and theatrical biography. He is working on an edition of the catalogue of Thomas Betterton's book and picture collection 'Pinacotheca Bettertonaeana' and a monograph entitled 'Restoration Plays and Players'.

Dr Kate Whittaker's research interests lie in theatrical representations of the gendered subject and emergent British practice. She recently published the articles 'Performing Masculinity/Masculinity in Performance' and 'Hollywood and the Hyperreal: Staging the Postmodern Disaster'.