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Dr Ronan Hatfull

Associate Tutor

English and Comparative Literary Studies


Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7HS


Dr Ronan Hatfull is a scholar of Shakespeare in adaptation and performance. He received his doctorate in 2019 from Warwick, having completed the first historical survey of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Ronan has taught in the Department as an Associate Tutor in English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick, serving as Module Convenor and Seminar Tutor on British Theatre Since 1939 and Module Convenor on Remaking Shakespeare. He has published widely on Shakespeare’s legacy on page, stage and screen, including the Bridge Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the films All Is True, Bill, and Black Panther, the television series Doctor Who and Upstart Crow, and the novelist Cormac McCarthy. Ronan is the Artistic Director of theatre company Partners Rapt, formed the lockdown performance collective Partners Rapt Read Plays, and has written for Shakespeare Bulletin, Reviewing Shakespeare and Action is eloquence: (Re)thinking Shakespeare. He is currently working on a monograph based on his doctoral thesis and will be co-leading seminars at three international conferences next year.

Research interests

  • Adaptation studies
  • Biographical fiction
  • Contemporary British Theatre
  • Metamodernism
  • Reduction and abridgement
  • Shakespeare and popular culture
  • Shakespeare in performance

Teaching in 2020/21

European Theatre

Remaking Shakespeare

Selected publications

  • Shakespeare in the Theatre: Reduced Shakespeare Company (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare). Proposal sent to Bloomsbury at invitation of series editors.
Book chapters
  • ‘“Smile Once More, Turn Thy Wheel”: The Handlebards and Sustainable Shakespearean Energy' in Shakespeare/Natural: Arden Shakespeare Intersections (Bloomsbury, 2021). Invited to submit chapter by volume editor.
  • ‘“Do That Funky Moor Thing, White Boy”: Othering Rap in the Other RSC’ in Shakespeare, Appropriation, and Power, ed. Geoffrey Way and Vanessa Corredera (Routledge, 2021). Chapter submitted to editors.
Journal articles
  • ‘“You Mean to Make A Puppet of Me”: Shakespeare Made Miniature’ in Shakespeare Bulletin (John Hopkins University Press, 2021). Chapter proposed to editors pending peer-review.
  • ‘“Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?”: Adam Sandler’s Shylock in Uncut Gems’ in Shakespeare (Taylor & Francis, 2021). Chapter proposed to editors pending peer-review.

  • ‘“Sharlowe” - Representing Shakespeare and Marlowe in ‘Twenty-First Century Biographical Fiction’ in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (2021). Chapter submitted to editors pending peer-review.

  • Eleven entries for The Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Global Shakespeare, ed. Alexa Alice Joubin (Palgrave, 2021). Peer-reviewed online collection.
    • Branagh, Kenneth
    • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    • House of Cards (2013-18)
    • Oldboy, dir. Chan-wook Park (2003)
    • Parasite, dir. Joon-ho Bong (2019)
    • Reduced Shakespeare Company
    • Shakespeare Live! From The RSC (2016)
    • Stoker, dir. Chan-wook Park (2013)
    • Tennant, David
    • The Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008–present)
    • The Show Must Go Online (lockdown YouTube Shakespeare series)
  • The Complete Deaths’ in Shakespeare Bulletin (John Hopkins University Press, 2021).
  • All Is True’ in Shakespeare Bulletin (John Hopkins University Press, 2020).
In publication:
Selected Online Publications

Professional associations

  • Associate Fellow of Advance HE (AFHEA)
  • Member of the British Shakespeare Association (BSA).
  • Member of the European Research Shakespeare Association (ESRA).
  • Member of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA).


  • PhD (The University of Warwick)
  • MA (The Shakespeare Institute)
  • BA (The University of Warwick)

Practice and Outreach

  • 2020-present: Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Partners Rapt Read Plays, a theatre collective which participates in weekly play readings of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries on Zoom. I established this initiative in response to the Covid-19 lockdown in order to provide professional and amateur theatre-makers and performers with creative opportunities. I am responsible for conceptual design and dramaturgy. The performances have included international participation from France, Italy, UK and USA.
  • 2019-20: Co-Founder/Writer at ‘Action is eloquence’: (Re)thinking Shakespeare in October 2019, a blog which focuses on Shakespeare in adaptation and performance and is listed in the World Shakespeare Bibliography, receiving considerable exposure since its launch.
  • 2018-19: Co-Designer and Writer for Walk You Will, an interdisciplinary, charity project and exhibition with the photographer, David Hatfull, in collaboration with Dr Paul Edmondson and Professor Sir Stanley Wells.
  • 2018-19: Guest Speaker on the Reduced Shakespeare Company podcast: Episode 627: Doctor of Reduction, where I discussed the completion of my PhD.
  • 2017-18: Guest Speaker on the Reduced Shakespeare Company podcast: Episode 505: Retracing Shakespeare’s Steps, where I discussed Walk You Will.
  • 2016-17: Guest Speaker on the Reduced Shakespeare Company podcast: Episode 488: Studying Reduced Shakespeare, where I discussed by PhD research into the company with Managing Partner Austin Tichenor.
  • 2016-present: Writer for The 730 Review, an online arts publication for which I have contributed theatre, film and music reviews, opinion pieces and interviews.

Partners Rapt

  • I am the Artistic Director and a founding member of Partners Rapt, an emerging theatre company which specialises in the reinterpretation of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
  • My directing credits at Warwick include Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, as well as several new writing projects, including my first play, Not You Will, which was awarded a grant from Warwick's Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, enabling me to film the project with a professional actor.
  • At the Shakespeare Institute, I continued to pursue my interest in new writing, including collaborating on Shakespeare Unbard (staged at the RSC in 2013); working as Co-Head Writer on Running Brook; and writing Partners Rapt, which explores Shakespeare’s power couples and their role within popular culture.
  • Partners Rapt was staged in January 2015 at Warwick, funded by the University’s new writing and Shakespeare societies. An extract was published in Inspired by Shakespeare in April 2016, a new book celebration the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
  • I received a £1000 grant from IATL in 2015 to pursue research into staging dystopia through the work of William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and Cormac McCarthy, culminating in a collaborative performance during June 2015 entitled This Blasted Heath.
  • I served as adapter, dramaturg and composer on Julius Caesar, a production rehearsed throughout the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and performed a week after Donald Trump's election, exploring the resonance of Shakespeare's play with those political events.
  • I next served as dramaturg for an immersive 2017 production of Macbeth, which explored the cold war and gated communities.
  • In Summer 2017, I created two outdoor productions: Hell is Empty, a new play which imagines a purgatorial meeting between Iago, Cleopatra and Falstaff after their deaths, and a site-specific production of Twelfth Night.
  • I have served as Actor/Composer/Musician in productions of The Comedy of Errors (2017), Much Ado About Nothing (2018) and As You Like It (2019) at the Royal Shakespeare Company's open-air Dell Festival.
Presenting research at the Shakespeare Institute (2016).
Performing at the RSC (2013)