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Professor Katherine Newey

Chair in Theatre History


Extension: 4529

Telephone: 01392 724529

I am an historian of nineteenth century British literature and culture, specialising in teaching and research in theatre history and women's writing. I have published on Frankenstein, Jane Austen, Victorian women playwrights, Fanny Kemble, Australian theatre, Victorian theatre and popular culture, and John Ruskin. I'm currently leading an AHRC-funded project on Victorian Pantomime: ‘A Cultural History of English Pantomime, 1837 – 1901.’


I have taught specialist courses in Women's Writing, Gender Studies, Melodrama, Women and Theatre, Theatre History and Historiography, and VIctorian Studies. I have also taught courses in Radical Theatre, Performance Analysis, and DIrecting. I contribute to a range of team-taught courses at FIrst and Second Year level.


I welcome enquiries for research supervision in:

Theatre history and historiography

Women's writing

Popular culture and popular entertainment

Victorian Studies

I am currently supervising several Doctoral research projects in theatre history topics. I have supervised Masters and PhD dissertations in theatre and Victorian studies topics, as well as practice-based research in contemporary performance and dance.


Other Professional Work

Until 2014, I co-edited the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (Manchester University Press), and now serve on its Advisory Board

I  serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Victorian Culture (Routledge):

I was a founding member of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), and served on its Executive Committee for three years, as well as convening the annual BAVS conference in 2001: ‘Victorian Performances,’ and the 2011 Conference at the University of BIrmingham

I am Secretary of the Executive Commiteee of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), and was part of the steering group for the formation of the organisation in 2005.

I have in the past been convenor of the Historiography Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Research, and a judge for the Society for Theatre Research Book Prize. 

I review grant applications for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Australian Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Commonwealth Universities Scholarships scheme.