Emeritus Professor Richard Foulkes

foulkes, richardBA (Wales), MA (Birmingham), PhD (Leicester)

Emeritus Professor of Theatre History

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Research Interests

Professor Foulkes specialises in drama and theatre history concentrating on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published most extensively on the Victorian theatre with three monographs: Church and Stage in Victorian England, Performing Shakespeare in the Age of Empire and Lewis Carroll and the Victorian Stage: Theatricals in a Quiet Life. He has contributed to Shakespeare Survey and other leading journals, was an Associate Editor for the New Dictionary of National Biography and was General Editor of Publications for the Society for Theatre Research. He is editor of a collection of essays on Sir Henry Irving (Henry Irving: A Re-evaluation (Ashgate)) and has written the Macready volume in the Chatto and Pickering 'Shakespearean Actors' series.

Professor Foulkes has published on twentieth-century dramatists including Rattigan, Wesker, Nichols and Stoppard. He is the Chairman of the Society for Theatre Research.

Projects

Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Foulkes is currently supervising postgraduate work on the nineteenth-century playwright Clo Graves and on Shakespeare and Roman Catholicism in nineteenth-century Britain.

He welcomes applications for research projects on drama and/or theatre in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Recent Publications

Books

Church and stage in Victorian England (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Performing Shakespeare in the Age of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Lewis Carroll and the Victorian Stage: Theatricals in a Quiet Life (Ashgate, 2005).

Essays and Articles

  • ‘Tom Stoppard’ in John Bull ed, British and Irish Drama Since World War II (The Gale Group, London, 2001), 274-289.
  • ‘"Every Good Gift From Above: Archbishop Trench’s Tercentenary Sermon’ in Shakespeare Survey 54, 80-88.
  • ‘"How Fine a Play Was Mrs Lear" The Case for Gordon Bottomley’s King Lear’s Wife’ in Shakespeare Survey 55, 128-138.
  • ‘William Charles Macready’ and thirteen other entries in The New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • ‘Charles Kean and the Great Exhibition’ in Theatre Notebook 58: 3, 125-140.

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