Prof. Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-informed Teaching and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries

Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries

Greenbank Building, GR161

+44 (0) 1772 89 2758

shampton-reeves@uclan.ac.uk

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

Full Profile

  • 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.

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries. Stuart's research focus is the study of Shakespeare in performance, specifically contemporary British performance. He has also written about Shakespeare’s plays in context and performance histories of plays such as the Henry VI trilogy, Othello and Measure for Measure. Stuart is also an acknowledged expert on undergraduate research. As the founder of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, he has visited the UK Parliament and the White House, and he has spoken about his work all over the world. His most recent publication is a monograph, 'Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Hall', published by Bloomsbury in 2019. 

As Faculty Director of Research, Stuart has strategic oversight of 9 units of assessment. He chairs the Faculty Research Strategy Group and managers the Faculty's QR budget. He also sits on the Faculty Executive Team and advises the Executive Dean on matters relating to research, including postgraduate students.

As well as writing several monographs and articles on Shakespeare, Stuart is on the editorial board of the Routledge journal Shakespeare, and was elected Head of the British Shakespeare Association (2010-2016). Stuart is also a contributor to the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records and General Editor (with Bridget Escolme) of the Palgrave series Shakespeare in Practice, which aims to bring a theatre studies approach to the study of Shakespeare in performance. 

Beyond Shakespeare Studies, Stuart has a reputation for his work pioneering various undergraduate research projects. He is one of the founders of the British Conference on Undergraduate Research (bcur.org) and the annual Posters in Parliament. Stuart speaks regularly at conferences around the world about the importance of undergraduate research and has been an international advisor to the Australasian Conference on Undergraduate Research. In 2013, Stuart won a £240,000 grant from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to support the growth of BCUR.

Projects

Peter Hall -  Stuart is currently writing a biography of Peter Hall for Bloomsbury

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 - Stuart leads the Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival

Teaching Activities
  • Supervising PhDs
  • Guest lecturer on BA Acting

Research

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

CONFERENCES

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.

Memberships

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)