Born in Lancashire, I took my BA and MA at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and my PhD at Liverpool University. My doctoral thesis was an edition of Henry Chettle’s Tragedy of Hoffman. As I was completing, I took up a position with Oxford University Press as an academic editor of the landmark 1986-7 Oxford edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works. I then spent five years lecturing at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Afterwards, I taught for a year in the Department of English Literature at Glasgow University, before being appointed to the Shakespeare Institute in 1993.
Major completed collaborative projects include the online and print New Oxford Shakespeare Critical Reference and Modern Critical editions of Shakespeare’s complete works. I was one of the General Editors of these volumes, with particular responsibility for the original-spelling Critical Reference edition. In addition, I edited some of the most textually challenging texts, including Hamlet and King Lear.
Previous to this, I was an Associate General Editor and major contributor to Thomas Middleton’s Collected Works. I have also edited Richard III and Timon of Athens for the Oxford Wold’s Classics series, and Sir Thomas More for the Arden Shakespeare.
I am a General Editor of the ongoing Arden Early Modern Drama, a parallel series to the Arden Shakespeare that publishes non-Shakespearian drama of the early modern period.
I am also a member of the Editorial Committee of the Malone Society, and have overseen a number of their editions now in print.
I am on the Advisory Board of Shakespeare Internet Editions, the prime example of a freely-available online digital Shakespeare edition and resource. I also serve on the Advisory Board of several journals including Shakespeare Survey.
I have published articles on textual studies in various leading scholarly journals, and am currently developing a research project on Sir Edward Dering’s 1623 manuscript adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays.
Willingness to take PhD students
I supervise MA by Research and PhD students working in a range of areas including early modern drama, Tudor and Stuart texts and their transmission in manuscript and print, and all aspects of editorial practice and theory.