Prof. Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-informed Teaching and Director of Research for the Faculty of Business, Law and Applied Social Studies

Faculty of Business, Law and Applied Social Studies

Greenbank Building, GR161

+44 (0) 1772 89 2758

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-informed Teaching and Director of Research for the Faculty of Business, Law and Applied Social Studies

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Ph.D. ‘Henry VI in Performance’ University of Warwick, 1997

M.A. (Dist.) English Literature, University of Warwick, 1993

BA (Hons), English and Theatre Studies, University of Warwick, 1992

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I was appointed to the University of Central Lancashire in 1997 as Lecturer in English and Drama, heading up UCLan’s first drama course. I also worked on various e-learning projects and for two years was seconded as a Teaching Fellow in E-Learning. I became a Professor in 2007 and Director of the Centre for Research-informed Teaching. I was seconded (0.6) as Head of the Graduate Research School in 2011 and from 2013-2015 continued to work through the Research Office as Head of Graduate Research at the same time as running CRiT. In 2015 I moved to the Faculty of Business, Law and Applied Social Science and after a short secondment as Director of Research went full time in that role in the Autumn of 2016.

My research focus is the study of Shakespeare in performance, specifically contemporary British performance. I have also written about Shakespeare’s plays in context and performance histories of plays such as the Henry VI trilogy, Othello and Measure for Measure. I am interested in history plays and the cultural contexts of their re-performances in different moments of history. I am also interested in the ways in which theatrical meaning is shaped by unintended contexts and in that regard I have studied Shakespeare performances in relation to other performative events such as the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and battle re-enactments. My methodology combines work by Augusto Boal, Michel de Certeau and Gilles Deleuze to situate the theatrical event as a multiplicity through which transformation is created by a variety of ideological, material and quotidian frameworks. As well as writing several monographs and articles on Shakespeare, I am on the editorial board of the Routledge journal Shakespeare, I was elected Head of the British Shakespeare Association (2010-2016) and I am a contributor to the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records. I am also General Editor (with Bridget Escolme) of the Palgrave series Shakespeare in Practice.

Another interest is the intersection between Shakespeare and Jazz and I am also beginning a project on Sinti jazz festivals in Europe and America using the methods I have developed for studying Shakespeare in Performance. I have been studying the technique and history of so-called ‘gypsy’ jazz and I give performance seminars to the general public on the music and legacy of Django Reinhardt.

Beyond Shakespeare Studies, I have a reputation for my work pioneering various undergraduate research projects. I am one of the founders of the British Conference on Undergraduate Research (, which meets annually at a different university and also hosts an annual event in Westminster, Posters in Parliament. I speak regularly at conferences around the world about the importance of undergraduate research and I have been an international advisor to the Australasian Conference on Undergraduate Research. In 2013 I won a £240,000 grant from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to support the growth of BCUR.


I research contemporary Shakespeare performance, the early modern history play, Shakespeare and Cultures of Performance, Shakespeare and Jazz, Jazz festivals, Undergraduate research training


  • Peter Hall. I am currently writing a monograph on the Shakespeare productions of the director Sir Peter Hall.
  • Shakespeare and Cultures of Performance. Several articles and book chapters already published on this – the next article will be on Shakespeare and Battle Re-enactments
  • Shakespeare and Jazz. This is a commission for Oxford University Press.
  • Jazz Festivals. Using performance analysis methods, examining cultural context of jazz festivals.
  • Undergraduate Research. Currently working with OUP to develop a range of materials for Epigeum.


  • Member and former head (2010-2016) of the British Shakespeare Association
  • Member of the Shakespeare Association of America

External Affiliations and Roles

Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research and on the organising committee of the World Congress on Undergraduate Research. Former chair of the British Shakespeare Association (2010-2016)


On organisation committee for a number of annual and biennial conferences including British Shakespeare Association, British Conference of Undergraduate Research and World Congress on Undergraduate Research.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Supervising PhDs