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Dr Julian Richards


Julian is a Teaching Fellow for the English and Comparative Literary Studies Department, specialising in Performance Studies. He studied at the University of Warwick (BA, MA, PhD), and has worked as a Postgraduate Tutor, Sessional Tutor and Research Assistant in the Department.

Research Interests

My PhD studied the work of the actor/director Glen Byam Shaw, with particular focus on his Shakespeare productions and time as artistic director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in the 1950s. I am in the process of converting my thesis into a monograph, and am continuing to research Shaw’s work and career.
I am also interested in interpretations of Shakespeare on stage, particularly in the post-war period and in other war-informed and military contexts. This can include productions focusing on military aspects within Shakespeare’s plays, as well as productions of non-military plays staged in response to war or cultural trauma.
My theatrical research interests also explore the performance and adaptation of classical and early modern drama in the 20th and 21st century, and the use of theatre as a response to oppression and trauma. As well as this I am taking increasing interest in the implications of casting choices and the ideas of race, age and gender conscious casting in Shakespeare.


In 2023/4 I am convening EN2B3 Drama and Democracy on the English and Theatre Studies Undergraduate Degree. I also currently teach on EN2L6/EN3L2 Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time for the English Undergraduate course, and have previously taught seminars for EN2D8/EN3D8 European Theatre and EN3D7 Shakespeare: Text and Performance, Now and Then.

This image depicts Dr. Julian Richards, a white man in his thirties with a red beard and close cropped red hair. He is wearing a turquise jumper over a blue polo shirt, and is stood in front of a bookshelf.

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