Martin Wiggins

Colleges, School and Institutes


I studied at the University of Oxford in the 1980s, where I was awarded the Violet Vaughan-Morgan Prize, the Mason Lowance Prize, the Leonard Theberge Memorial Prize, and the Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize, all for work in English Literature. I was a scholar, and later a graduate scholar, of Mansfield College, where I wrote my D.Phil. thesis on ‘The Assassin in English Renaissance Drama’. I was later elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Keble College, and came to The Shakespeare Institute in 1990. I have also taught at the University of Reading, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London, and The Roehampton Institute. 

In 2005, I was consultant to BBC Worldwide for the DVD Edition of the BBC Complete Works of Shakespeare. In 2006, I won the Hoffman Prize for distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe. 

In 2010, I gave expert advice on the identity of the stolen Durham copy of the Shakespeare First Folio. I also write regularly for the Globe’s magazine, Around the Globe, on issues in dramatic history.

Research interests

My research interests cover the full corpus of dramatic works written in the British Isles between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, including both commercial and literary plays, masques and entertainments, and drama in Latin, Greek, Cornish, and Welsh. I am completing a comprehensive chronological catalogue of this material for Oxford University Press.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am interested in supervising Research students in my area of expertise.