22 May 2019 / Events

The Wickham Lecture 2019: Professor Mary Luckhurst

The annual Wickham Lecture, named after the first Professor of Theatre in Britain, Glynne Wickham, is co-organised by the University of Bristol Theatre Department and the Society for Theatre Research.

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This year, the lecture will be delivered by Professor Mary Luckhurst.


Professor Mary Luckhurst is a theatre historian, theorist of practice and process and a theatre director with an international reputation in dramaturgy and the articulation of the processes of theatre-making, especially writing, acting and directing.

She completed her BA and PhD at Cambridge University, has an MSc from the LSE and an MA in Performing Arts from Middlesex University. She is also internationally recognised for her interdisciplinary research in theatre and human rights, actor training, theatre and cultural heritage, theatre and war, and theatre and celebrity. She regards theatre as a political project and is highly influenced by Brecht and feminism.

She was formerly Professor of Artistic Research and Creative Practice at the University of Melbourne and was appointed on the University’s elite Research Mobility Accelerator Scheme in 2014. She has served as Associate Director Research across various arts disciplines at a time of the University’s quest to integrate more fully with Melbourne’s South Bank Arts Precinct. Prior to this, she was at the University of York UK for 16 years, initiating Drama and English degrees in the Department of English and Related Literature. In 2007 she co-founded the innovative, industry-oriented Department of Theatre, Film and Television, working with Greg Dyke and leading actors and directors in the UK.

Mary was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the HEA in 2009 and named one of the 50 best university teachers in the UK. She was made an International Scholar by the HEA in 2012 in recognition of her outstanding international record in research and teaching. She has been a distinguished fellow at a number of universities, including Sydney University and CUNY, and was Oxford University’s Professor of the Humanities in 2017.

Her many books include: Caryl ChurchillTheatre and Human Rights since 1945: Things UnspeakableTheatre and GhostsDramaturgy: A Revolution in TheatreTheatre and Celebrity 1800-2005, and two Blackwell Companions on British and Irish Theatre. She has written many articles and book chapters. She is currently working on two projects: contemporary celebrity actresses and their negotiation of their careers; and on contemporary Gothic theatre and performance, dark tourism and cultural heritage.


The lecture will be held in the Wickham Theatre, University of Bristol.


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22 May 2019


18:00 - 20:00


Wickham Theatre, Bristol, UK

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