Michael Dobson


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I supervise research students interested in: the performance and reception history of the Shakespeare canon, both within the Anglophone world and beyond; the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company; the history of amateur performance; Shakespeare’s afterlives.


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Before coming to Stratford in 2011 I worked at Birkbeck, University of London (where I set up an MA programme in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe).  Other previous employers include Oxford, Harvard, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I have held visiting appointments and research fellowships at UCLA, Lund, the Sorbonne, and Peking University.

Research interests

I am currently writing a book about the roles played by Shakespeare in the repertories of national theatre companies worldwide, and serving as a General Editor (with Abigail Rokison-Woodall and Simon Russell Beale) of the Arden Performance Editions of Shakespeare series.

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