Russell Jackson

Russell Jackson

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

I have published on a wide range of topics - from Victorian fairy painting to Noël Coward.  Critical editions of plays by Henry Arthur Jones (CUP) and Oscar Wilde (New Mermaids Drama Series) in the early 1980s were followed by an anthology of documents of the Victorian theatre in 1989.  In 1999 the Society for Theatre Research published my translation of articles by the German novelist Theodor Fontane, under the title Shakespeare in London, 1851-58. With Jonathan Bate, I edited The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage (2nd edition, 2001) and I collaborated with Robert Smallwood on two volumes in the ‘Players of Shakespeare’ series for Cambridge University Press. I also edited the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film, (2000 - 2nd edition 2007), and a volume (XVI: Gielgud, Ashcroft, Olivier, Dench) in the ‘Great Shakespeareans’ series(Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare.

From 1994 to 2004 I reviewed Stratford productions for Shakespeare Quarterly, and my book on stagings of Romeo and Juliet appeared in the series ‘Shakespeare at Stratford,’ under the New Arden imprint (2003). Other publications include Shakespeare Films in the Making: Vision, Production and Reception (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Theatres on Film: how the Cinema Imagines the Stage, (Manchester University Press,2013), Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema in the ‘Oxford Shakespeare Topics’ series (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Shakespeare in Theatre: Trevor Nunn ( Bloomsbury/Arden, 2018). I am currently working on a study of Noël Coward’s work as a playwright, drawing on the extensive archive material in the Cadbury Research Library.


Russell is a native of Southport, Lancashire. After reading English at Wadham College, Oxford, where his tutors included Ian Donaldson and Terry Eagleton, Russell studied for the degrees of MA and PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, the University of Birmingham’s Stratford-based centre for graduate studies in Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He subsequently held posts at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and in the Drama Department of the University College of North Wales, Bangor. From 1978 to 2004 he was a Fellow (and latterly, Director) of the Shakespeare Institute, before joining the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts as Allardyce Nicoll chair in 2004.