Professor Dan Rebellato

Research interests

My research has mainly focused on post-war British theatre. 1956 and All That (Routledge, 1999) is a rereading of the ‘theatrical revolution’ thought to have taken place at the Royal Court around Look Back in Anger.  I have recently completed the short monograph, Theatre & Globalization, which argues for the theatre as a source of cosmopolitan resistance to globalization. The book is part of Theatre &, a new series of books opening up the latest thinking in theatre and performance research.  My next project is a book-length study of British playwriting in the 2000s.

Theoretically, I have engaged variously with poststructural thinkers like Derrida and Foucault, a German critical tradition, from Kant to Adorno, and, more recently, the Anglo-American philosophical tradition. Together with colleagues from across the faculty, I have have introduced Philosophy as an undergraduate joint degree programme. Our first students graduated in 2010.

I am also a playwright, and my work has been performed across Britain and in Europe and America, on stage and radio. I designed, with colleagues in English, two new joint degrees in Creative Writing, whose first students graduated in 2007.

I've chaired numerous platforms for the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, and Manchester Royal Exchange, I’m an artistic associate for Analogue theatre company, a regular contributor to the Guardian stage blog, and a contributing editor for New Theatre Quarterly and Associate Editor of Contemporary Theatre Review.

You can find out more at my website: Please note: this is a personal website and all opinions are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of Royal Holloway or the Department of Drama and Theatre.

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