Abigail Rokison-Woodall

Abigail Rokison-Woodall



Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Theatre history

Shakespeare in Performance

Adaptations of Shakespeare

Shakespeare for Young People

Acting and Directing


Abigail began her career as a professional actor, training at LAMDA. She completed her PhD in the English faculty at Cambridge University in 2006 after which she became a lecturer in Drama and English in the Education Faculty in Cambridge.  From 2008-2010 Abigail was Chair of the trustees of the British Shakespeare Association. In January 2013 she became a lecturer at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.  Abigail has written a number of journal articles and chapters on Shakespeare and Children’s Literature. Her monograph, Shakespearean Verse Speaking, was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press, and won the inaugural Shakespeare’s Globe first book award.  Following this she has been invited to give talks on Shakespearean Verse Speaking in the UK, US and Canada in association with Shakespeare’s Globe. She completed her second book – Shakespeare for Young People: Productions, Versions and Adaptations for Bloomsbury Arden in 2013 and has recently completed a third monograph - Shakespeare in the Theatre: Nicholas Hytner. Abigail is one of the General Editors of the new Arden Performance Editions of Shakespeare, for which series she is editing Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Abigail is also currently advising on a number of Shakespeare projects for television and other visual media. 


2006 - PhD in 'Shakespearean Verse Speaking' - Trinity Hall College, Cambridge

2002 - MA in Shakespeare: Text and Playhouse (with Distinction) - King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe

2001 - BA Hons in Humanities with Literature (First Class) - The Open University

1998 - LLAM Teaching Diploma in Drama

1996 - Diploma in Acting (Three Year Course) - LAMDA

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge

    Shakespearean Verse Speaking

  • Master of Arts, King's College London

    Making the Point: The Punctuation in Hamlet

  • Bachelor of Arts, The Open University

Professional Qualifications

  • Licentiate of the London Academy of Music Teaching Diploma, LLAM Dip.

  • Diploma in Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, LAMDA Dip.